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Jamie W

"Come out to Bike Easy’s campaign kickoff event to help Connect the Crescent with streets built to share for all the people of Greater New Orleans. It’s going to be a busy year, so let’s get together to plan out how we make sure that biking around the city is safe and equitable for all – no matter where we live, how much we earn, or how we go about getting around town."

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Connect the Crescent - Kickoff Meeting

Come out to Bike Easy’s campaign kickoff event to help Connect the Crescent with streets built to share for all the people of Greater New Orleans. It’s going to be…

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Posted Feb 16, 2017
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu

In the fall, we will provide 70 bike stations throughout the city, expanding low-cost transportation for all citizens. twitter.com/MayorLandrieu/stat...

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Posted Feb 15, 2017
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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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Crescent Cart LLC
Crescent Cart LLC
Jan 31, 2017

Hi Christian! Hmm, we do actually provide our customers with the option to create "Favorites Lists" that streamline easy reordering. With our lists, you can easily add or remove products, change quantities, leave special instructions/notes on particular items and of course- reorder!

Posted by Crescent Cart LLC on Jan 31, 2017
Christian Day
Christian Day
Jan 31, 2017

My bad. I couldn't find it. Hopefully we can chat and figure that out. This is something I've been hoping to solve for the five years I've lived here.

Posted by Christian Day on Jan 31, 2017
Crescent Cart LLC
Crescent Cart LLC
Feb 3, 2017

It was phenomenal chatting with you Christian! Thank you so much for that opportunity! It's remarkable how much you understand about user experience design!! As you know, we are launching the third iteration of our business very soon- which will include all of the features that you want and more!!

You think very differently from most folks- and you won't accept 2nd rate. You're certainly a changemaker in the city of New Orleans!

Posted by Crescent Cart LLC on Feb 3, 2017
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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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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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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.

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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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Dan

"After 5 years of advocating for a bike share program and, Bike Easy is happy and excited that the City of New Orleans formally initiated the process this spring that should have bike share on the streets by the end of 2017. Extensive public outreach and feasibility studies clearly show our city is ready!"

bikeeasy.org/blog/archives/2702/

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Bike Share for New Orleans

After 5 years of advocating for a bike share program and, Bike Easy is happy and excited that the City of New Orleans formally initiated the process this spring that should have bike share on the streets by the end of 2017. Extensive public outreach and feasibility studies clearly show…

bikeeasy.org/blog/archives/2702/

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Posted Jan 28, 2017
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