Long queues, loud music, and lots to buy – all this is great for the shopping mood but bad for your nerves! Chinese New Year falls on February 8 and 9 this year, so now is a good time to stock up on all your festive cooking and entertaining needs. How about skipping straight to the good part and have the goodies delivered to your doorstep without the fuss?
We compare three online grocery-shopping sites that’ll get all your grocery shopping done in less than 24 hours, and you don’t have to lift a finger.
This is the new kid on the block that has been expanding aggressively across Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. The most attractive service point is its same-day-1-hour delivery. You pick from its list of products available that are selected based on your delivery location, and personal shoppers would shop, pack and deliver your orders. There are currently over 20,000 products to choose from and partners include your standard Cold Storage and FairPrice supermarket, as well as good niche outlets such as Gastromania, Mmmm!, Joe & Dough, GNC, Four Seasons Organic Market, and The Butcher’s Dog. Prices seen on Honestbee are the same as what the store lists; delivery is free for your first order with minimum spend of $50 and you get a $15 discount off too.
One of the earliest online grocers in Singapore is now also the biggest, with over 25,000 products to choose from. In November last year, it cranked things up by starting the service of shopping from different outlets under the fancy name of “Redmart Relay” but basically, the idea is similar to Honestbee. The difference is that it also shops for hot foods, so you can have this weekend’s steamboat ingredients sent together with tonight’s dinner from your favourite restaurant. l like how Redmart categorises its products, such as Reunion Dinner & Feasting, Hosting Essentials (think disposable cutlery and tablecloths), gift hampers, etc which makes shopping quick and prompts me with ideas. Noteworthy is its Amex card promotion, which gives 12% off for first-time Redmart shoppers.
If your idea of a CNY reunion dinner involves Maine lobsters, airflown pork, truffle oil, and other less traditional ingredients, you should Gofresh. Higher-end meats and seafood are its specialty – it can fetch you imported seafood from across the Pacific Ocean to your doorstep the very next day, for example. One of the founders of Gofresh used to deliver high-quality produce to restaurants here and this business was a natural spin-off – to provide similar produce for fussy home cooks, fast. From American kurobuta pork and Australian grain-fed short ribs to Chilean seabass and black tiger prawns, the variety is there.
All these online grocery sites accept credit cards, some with different promotional strategies. Check out which cards give you the best discount on grocery shopping through our cards comparison tool!