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Christian Day

80 neighbors want a grocery delivery service in New Orleans.

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The problem with the current crop of delivery services is that they miss that in order to really save time, it's not just about having someone pick your groceries up for you, it's about being able to choose what you need quickly. Add to that the importance of variety and they all fail. 

Peapod had lists. I could do $500 worth of grocery shopping in under ten minutes by using them. Yeah, building the list of my favorite brands (as well as other lists of occasional and holiday items) took awhile at the onset but once it was done, choosing my weekly grocery purchases was one of the quickest tasks of the week. Goodeggs is ok but it's just so limited in scope that it's just not worth it to bother. Robert's Fresh Market shopping site lacks lists and is on a web server so slow that I could actually go to the grocery story and pick out my items and be done before I was done shopping on their site. It's seriously that bad and I'm not exaggerating about the time it would take. Not to mention three emails to them completely unanswered. 

I would love the whole foods option of instacart though I wish Rouses would do it because there's more there. But even instacart I would be happy. I think the economic perceptions of this city, which are grossly underestimated, are why they don't invest here. If they only knew how affluent we're becoming.

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Crescent Cart LLC

Hi folks!

This Neighborland post (ahead of it's time as it was) was the inspiration behind Crescent Cart - our local Grocery Delivery Service available to residents of the greater New Orleans Area (and beyond).

Please check us out: www.crescentcart.com/

Your feedback & criticism are welcome (and encouraged) - We're new, (but growing!) and would LOVE to hear what you think! Without customers - there is no Crescent Cart; We NEVER forget this - ya'll are #1.

Since day 1 we've strived to offer you: the most competitive pricing / fastest delivery options available / absolute easiest ordering process / and a number of other features that no other online grocery delivery services offer here in NOLA.

We are JUST getting started and have exciting plans to expand set for this year (soon you'll be able to shop for products just like you would from the industry leading grocery & homegoods delivery apps like Instacart and Google Express)!

P.s. Why not give us a try? Your first delivery is FREE!

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Posted Jan 29, 2017
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Christian Day
Christian Day
May 31, 2017

Your website has said it's temporarily suspended for some time now.

Posted by Christian Day on May 31, 2017
Albert Z
Albert Z
Nov 18, 2017

Yup. What a shame. I know 10 people ( just on my street) that would use a service just like this.

Posted by Albert Z on Nov 18, 2017
Christian Day
Christian Day
Dec 2, 2017

Albert, I agree. And there's just nothing like it. I would so love to just be able to pick from a list of my favorite brands and generate a grocery shopping list in minutes. It's just so frustrating that there's nothing like this here.

Posted by Christian Day on Dec 2, 2017
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Amber Travis

I just started a small side project of shopping and delivering groceries. I live about an hour away from New Orleans but am willing to travel to New Orleans on the weekends to buy and delivery groceries. If anyone is interested email me at Ambersgroceries@gmail.com
Thanks in advance.

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Posted Feb 20, 2013
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tippy tippens

Here's a link to the langenstein's/occassional wife grocery delivery: www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

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Posted May 11, 2012
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Christian Day

I don't know how reliable this is after so many years of my emailing and Facebook messaging them with no reply, but I finally got a reply from Robért Fresh Market:

"You can expect a new site and online shopping platform very soon. Thank you."

One can hope! :)

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Posted Sep 5, 2017
Dan
Dan
Sep 5, 2017

🙏

Posted by Dan on Sep 5, 2017
Christian Day
Christian Day
Sep 5, 2017

I hope they end up having lists too. They did in the first (and working) version of their site that I had just discovered a week before they changed it!

I still think Amazon will end up controlling this, which is a shame for folks like Rouse's, but then we are all given a choice whether we want to ignore or pursue opportunity.

Posted by Christian Day on Sep 5, 2017
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Christian Day

I doubt very much that I am the only person in this city that is embarrassed by how truly behind New Orleans is regarding the ability to order groceries online and have them delivered. I suppose the Walmart pick up thing is somewhat of a start but I doubt I'd actually use Walmart for groceries but at least they have lists, which is more than I can say for any of these other services. Instacart, Peapod, Shipt, heck, aliens from space, please come here to New Orleans and give us an efficient online grocery shopping and delivery service! :)

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Posted May 31, 2017
Christian Day
Christian Day
Aug 26, 2017

Of course there's always this:

uptown.robertfreshmarket.com

Not sure if anyone else can get it to work. Five years in and I still can't. Takes at least a minute per page to load and Robert's Fresh Market doesn't care. They'd be better having NO website than THAT website. It's so embarrassing that I'd be afraid to shop there because of it.

Posted by Christian Day on Aug 26, 2017
Dan
Dan
Aug 26, 2017

I wonder if Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods solves the problem? www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-wa...

Posted by Dan on Aug 26, 2017
Christian Day
Christian Day
Aug 28, 2017

Let us hope. These corporations always tend to prioritize this city last.

Posted by Christian Day on Aug 28, 2017
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Dan

I noticed today that Shipt is expanding - www.shipt.com ... more info: techcrunch.com/2016/07/27/ship...

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Grocery Delivery - Shipt

Simplify your life with grocery delivery! Shipt makes grocery shopping fast, simple and convenient through the Shipt mobile app and reliable Shoppers.

www.shipt.com/

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Posted Aug 1, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
Sep 8, 2016

And of course it's not in New Orleans. It really blows my mind that there's not a single one of these types of services here. Not one.

Posted by Christian Day on Sep 8, 2016
Dan
Dan
Sep 8, 2016

Amen to that! Given that they're based in Alabama and it would make sense for them to focus on markets where Instacart hasn't launched, there may be a sliver of hope ...

Posted by Dan on Sep 8, 2016
Mike Simmons
Mike Simmons
Sep 10, 2016

Thanks for this update.

Posted by Mike Simmons on Sep 10, 2016
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Kaytee Picone

Actually we have one in New Orleans. It is called Dat Grocery Delivers (www.datgrocerydelivers.com) and they are to Algiers. She is super nice and the rates are reasonable. Def try it. Tell them you were referred by Kaytee.

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Posted May 8, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
May 25, 2016

It's such a shame that otherwise good businesses are being decimated—much like taxi services have been by Uber—by their leaders following antiquated models that do not avail themselves of the wonders of modern technology. As the dying taxi industry refuses to see that it is the convenience and features of Uber that make it popular (like knowing that the car is actually on its way and not having to deal with the eternally broken-down credit card machine), so too are other industries not seeing how technology is eclipsing them.

Pre computer age grocery delivery service: "read me a list off the phone"

Post computer age grocery delivery service: "email me a list, upload it, or type it into the form fields."

How is that really innovative? A truly powerful online grocery shopping service is going to balance out ease of use with functional possibilities. Peapod, which really is the gold standard, not only allows your grocery lists, but you can have more than one. Favorite brands? Summer favorites? Christmas baking? Whatever it is your mind can create, you can have a list for it and order from that. What's even better is that sale items are flagged in those lists so you choose to buy the brands on your list that are on sale that week.

Dat Grocery is basically just "upload a list". Sure, you save time in driving and walking the store, but that's not the real time-saver.

If you go to Robert Fresh Market, they don't have lists either and I literally clocked 59 seconds load time for one of their pages. Their average page load time is about the same. Just going from page to page, product to product takes an entire minute each. If you were to buy a mere 30 individual products, you would be there for over a half hour just on the load time of the pages. In what universe is this still acceptable? Well, I think we all know the answer to that, but seriously, can't someone step it up? If you don't want to hear people bitch, stop treating New Orleans like we live in the stone age.

Posted by Christian Day on May 25, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
May 29, 2016

I did want to add a note here about Dat Grocery Delivers. I had a wonderful conversation with Dee Dee, the proprietress of the business, after she offered to call and chat about some of my issues with the state of online grocery shopping in New Orleans. We realized that a few tweaks might be able to make her already easy-to-use service work for my particular need for lists. This is the kind of business owner that I want to see succeed. Kudos!

Posted by Christian Day on May 29, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
Jan 30, 2017

And shame on Dat Grocery Delivers for completely dropping the ball. It's been nearly a year since she made her "updates" and completely dropped the ball. Yes, there's a favorites list, but you cannot order FROM it. Any list you create has to be ordered in its entirely or not at all. What on earth is the point of that? The whole value of a favorites list is that you put all your favorite brands and products on it and then add the items you need FROM it to your weekly shopping cart. I may put both my favorite mayonnaise and my favorite cereal on my favorites list but I run out of cereal more often than I run out of mayonnaise so I wouldn't want to order the entire favorites list every time.

I just cannot fathom why no one here can create a process that works. Maybe it's because they've never lived anywhere that actually offers this service. Who can say? But every attempt I've seen to make online grocery ordering and delivery work here has been a colossal failure. I think I might actually sell my soul to have Peapod here. They do it right. 100% right.

Posted by Christian Day on Jan 30, 2017
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QuickShop LLC

We deliver!!! quickshopdelivery.com or email us at qsdllc@quickshopdelivery.com

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Posted Apr 13, 2016
QuickShop LLC
QuickShop LLC
Apr 18, 2016

We're still a new business, so our inventory/store listings are limited, but you can view what we offer so far here.

www.quickshopdelivery.yolasite...

Feel free to email us suggestions at qsdllc@quickshopdelivery.com

Posted by QuickShop LLC on Apr 18, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
May 25, 2016

When I went to your page, I got the following error:

"404. Sorry, we can't seem to find that page, click here to return to the homepage"

Ok, so I managed to get to your site by taking the "Walmart.php#!/c/0/offset=0&sort=normal" off the end of www.quickshopdelivery.yolasite....

This is actually a good start and I like that you have favorites. Even that would save time though I would absolutely add the ability to "add to cart" from directly within favorites. I might even eventually go beyond Favorites to lists since having different lists of favorite brands for different occasions (Summer favorites, Christmas Baking, Thanksgiving, etc.) can be a huge time-saver.

Posted by Christian Day on May 25, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
May 25, 2016

p.s. I think you'll need a much bigger selection for this to be truly functional. Maybe partner with one of the local grocery stores to tie in your data to theirs?

Posted by Christian Day on May 25, 2016
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Madison Taylor

I agree. There aren't many resources here at all and anything that's available is overpriced.

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Posted Apr 3, 2016
Christian Day
Christian Day
Jan 30, 2017

I'd rather something work than be affordable at this point. I'm willing to pay more for something that actually offers the kind of service that Peapod (and, from what I can see never having used it, Instacart) offers but we are reduced to accepting only second rate solutions. I've also lived anywhere that would tolerate a "water advisory" where one couldn't bathe for three days so I guess I just have to learn to accept the banana republic mentality. Yeah, fat chance on that.

Posted by Christian Day on Jan 30, 2017
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Dat Grocery Delivers

Dat Grocery Delivers began as a shopping service for our elderly “Friends and Relatives.” While shopping for “Friends and Relatives” we realized there was a true need for an affordable shopping service in the City of New Orleans. Dat Grocery Delivers came into existence January 1, 2015 “WE” are a local business based out of Algiers and “WE SHOP LOCAL.” Dat Grocery Delivers supports local businesses. Our services are readily available to the residents of New Orleans and surrounding parishes.

Contact us
504.249.8554
datgrocerydelivers@gmail.com

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Posted Jun 19, 2015
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