What comes to mind when you think about shopping for groceries at the local supermarket? If your answer is - standing in a long queue, unable to find the perfectly shaped potatoes or ripe tomatoes. Then finding a good grocery delivery service is the one for you. The concept of same-day delivery service existed even before the pandemic, but its growth was accelerated by the pandemic due to the pandemic due to restrictions.
According to Marketplace, data from Brian & Company shows that over $14 Billion has been invested into rapid grocery-delivery apps. These apps became a crucial part of everyone's lives during the pandemic. Even now, after the lockdowns were lifted.
According to an article by Mintel, as much as 90% of current online grocery shoppers plan to keep shopping for their groceries online. With all this rapid growth, many delivery apps started to pop up. Many apps offer same-day delivery, with some offering delivery in minutes. With so many delivery service providers, how do you go about choosing the right one for you?
Here are some insights into the best grocery delivery apps in the UK.
We delved deep into the UK's grocery delivery market to pick out what we found to be the best in the market.
Best for Same-day delivery on hundreds of groceries for Amazon Prime members.
Delivery costs Minimum cost of an order is €15, and orders below €40 attract a €3.99 delivery charge.
As the name suggests, Amazon delivers fresh food to your doorstep. They have partnered with several supermarket chains and small-scale producers to diversify their fresh produce offerings.
Unfortunately, this service is exclusive to Amazon Prime members and costs €7.99 monthly. Luckily, students can get six months of Amazon Prime for free. Delivery of groceries are slot based, you can book a two-hour slot for same-day delivery, or next-day delivery between 8 am and midnight. Alternatively, you can book a slot up to 28 days in advance.
Best for Eco-friendly brands and a ton of promo deals.
Delivery costs: All orders above €25 are delivered free of change. For orders under €20, a delivery charge of €1.99 is levied. For certain parts of London, the cost is €2.49 for orders under €25.
Getir is a great place to get your hands on good eco-friendly home and food products. It has quickly made its presence felt among the big grocery delivery apps in the UK. Users can choose from a range of over 1500 listed products from this on-demand delivery platform. As with all apps on this list, the availability of products will vary depending on your location. According to TechCrunch, Getir raised $768 million in Series E funding and is worth $12 billion.
Best for Eco-friendly brand delivering essentials in minutes and a great sign-up offer.
Delivery Cost A flat €1.80 delivery charge is applicable, while some parts of London have a surcharge of €2. There is no minimum order value.
Gorillas use eco-friendly paper bags to deliver your products by bike in under 10 minutes. Ordering on their app that is available on Android and iOS platforms takes less than 5 minutes. The Gorillas delivery agent picks up your products from "dark stores" or distribution centres. This ensures that they are able to deliver faster than your average grocery delivery partners. The downside is that only a limited selection of products are only available for selection.
Gorillas are mainly used for essentials, drinks, snacks, or top-up groceries rather than the big weekly shop. This Berlin-based business entered the markets of London in 2021 and has expanded to over 4 cities in the UK, namely Cambridge, Nottingham, Reading, Manchester, and Southampton. According to Crunchbase, Gorillas raised $1.3B of funding in 4 rounds. Their latest funding was from a Series C round on Oct 20, 2021.
Best for Students get € 5 off after verification.
Delivery Cost A flat fee of €3.50 aside from a service fee of €0.99 on all orders. The minimum order value is €12, and if your order costs €12, € 25 additional order fee of € 1 is applicable. And for orders between 11 pm and 6 am, there's a night-time fee of €3.
The newcomer to the grocery delivery game, Beelivery, has a fleet of over 10,000 delivery personnel and delivery 24x7. They can deliver to over 90% of the postcodes in the UK. Their drivers personally courage the nearest supermarket to pick up and pack your order. The time taken to deliver your order is about 20 to 60 minutes, a bit longer than Getir or Gorillas. But unlike their dark store concept that has limited availability of products, Beelivery excels in quantity.
The business gains revenue through commissions, delivery fees, and charges on premium services. Beelivery has raised $6.4M in funding over 4 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Apr 16, 2021, from a Series A round, according to the Crunchbase database.
Best for Affordable and delivery within an hour.
Delivery Cost Orders under €40 will be charged €7 for standard delivery, while orders over €40 will vary between €1- €4.50. The minimum order value is €25.
Sainsbury is the second largest supermarket chain in the United Kingdom. Sainsbury's Groceries is the mobile platform owned by Sainsbury to provide grocery delivery services to its customers. Ordering via the app is simple and fast. Users can create a custom dietary profile, based on which the app flags products that may not suit you while recommending an alternative.
You can choose from a wide range of available products at their supermarkets. They also follow an eco-friendly delivery model by delivering on a slot basis. This has greatly reduced the carbon emission of their delivery vans.
Suppose you are wondering how Getir, Gorillas, and other such grocery delivery services are able to deliver with such speed. It is because they are similar to food delivery apps, but instead of picking the order from the restaurant, they pick up the deliverables from the nearest warehouse or supermarket.
Same-day delivery apps have different business models, but all serve one purpose: "Delivering your essentials to your doorstep as soon as possible."
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