1. Fight cash crunch through e-groceries; check out 3 top apps

Fight cash crunch through e-groceries; check out 3 top apps

Though you already may have an arrangement with your local store to deliver goods at home and that too on credit, or perhaps you are running down to a supermart for your daily essentials, but there is a simpler way to buy groceries.

By: | Published: November 28, 2016 6:05 AM
One of the biggest and oldest players in the market, BigBasket is one brand that may have caught your attention, given the celebrity-led advertisements by the company. (Reuters) One of the biggest and oldest players in the market, BigBasket is one brand that may have caught your attention, given the celebrity-led advertisements by the company. (Reuters)

Though you already may have an arrangement with your local store to deliver goods at home and that too on credit, or perhaps you are running down to a supermart for your daily essentials, but there is a simpler way to buy groceries. It is true that not many options were available just a few years back, but with more companies catering to online grocery needs, there are enough players to choose from. Moreover, with services like Amazon entering the sector, the fight will go beyond simple staples. Ishaan Gera takes a look at some of the existing e-grocers that can help you get through the cash crunch and even thereafter.

BigBasket

One of the biggest and oldest players in the market, BigBasket is one brand that may have caught your attention, given the celebrity-led advertisements by the company. While the service has one of the better desktop versions, the app is not as user-friendly. The registration is relatively simple requiring just a Google and Facebook login, but the interface is cluttered with too many things. Only after several taps and swipes can you get to the thing you want. But, it certainly makes up for the flaws in interface with variety and discounts. Although delivery takes more time than usual, there is an express delivery service which comes at a price. BigBasket also has a wallet and enough payment options, including cash-on-delivery, but payment is a long-drawn process. Moreover, it also offers a shopping list option and a specialty store which can really come in handy if you are looking for something extra.

Grofers

One of BigBasket’s close competitors, Grofers has a clear advantage over BigBasket and others in terms of user interface. Registration through the app is easy and all the app requires is your mobile number to which it sends an OTP for registration. The app has neatly organised heads and sub-heads, leaving no room for confusion. Search option is easy and all one has to do is swipe to look at different heads. Grofers does not have as many products as BigBasket. But, the best feature is the choice to select a store. So, if you are looking for quick delivery or want to buy products from a more reliable shop, Grofers has that ready. Much like BigBasket, the app has enough payment options including its own wallet, but it is one of the difficult ones to operate. If you do not wish to spend too much time looking for products, Grofers is the best option available.

Amazon Now

Amazon is an already established brand as far as white goods are concerned, but the company recently made a foray into the grocery space. Though the app is still in beta version and the service is available only in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, it is worth mentioning given the options it offers. The interface is one of the difficult ones, even more complicated than BigBasket.

But it has enough variety to give tough competition to BigBasket. While Now’s interface is still that of a beta app, Amazon makes up for it in the two-hour delivery service that it offers. The real pain is registration, if you do not have an Amazon account, the app takes you through a long process. Though it doesn’t have a wallet like others, once you register a card, payments are relatively easy via the app. So, for those who know what brand and what quantity they need and also want some of the imported stuff that is difficult to find on other websites, Now is the time.

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