Shopping online is one of the best ways to conveniently get what you need without having to venture into a physical store. If you’re feeling under the weather, don’t have the time to go through your shopping list, or simply want to try a new shopping method, then online is the way to go. But even with its rising popularity, online shopping can be difficult to understand. Learning the basics will help you feel comfortable and safe shopping from online sellers.
Before we go into great detail, the following are simple steps for everyone, including seniors, to follow:
1. Open the grocery store app or website. (Places To Visit For Online Shopping)
2. Add items to your online shopping cart, per their instructions.
3. Verify items before checkout, per their instructions.
4. Select your method of pickup or delivery. (Delivery Options With Online Shopping)
5. If using the website, make sure your connection is secure during the checkout process; you don't want to risk your personal information. (Paying and Checking Out With Online Shopping)
6. Note any special instructions provided by the store.
7. Select submit order, place order, or whatever the site has to complete the process, per their instructions.
8. Wait for your delivery or deliveries!
Places To Visit For Online Shopping
When you think of online shopping, big digital retailers like Amazon might be first to enter your mind. Amazon is perhaps the largest online marketplace, and they offer a wide range of high-quality products for women, men, and children. In recent years, though, other chain stores like Walmart, Target, Hyvee, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and many others continually coming online each day, have also become easy online shopping sites. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Amazon is great for almost anything. They have clothes and accessories, tools, personal care products, and even a grocery section. All of these items are often the same brands that you would buy in person at retail stores; they're just offered from an online store instead.
Amazon also offers free shipping with Amazon Prime. However, all packages from Amazon will take a day or two, possibly longer, when shipped to arrive.
When you're on Amazon, it's also important to remember to check out the customer reviews before you buy a product. Although Amazon is a great company with a solid reputation, everyone gets sold a lemon sometimes; online reviews can help you confirm that the product you're buying is just as it seems. You can find them on the Amazon website or sometimes from reviewers on social media.
And if you’re looking for groceries, Amazon isn’t the best place to go, even though they do have food products. Amazon sells mostly prepackaged items and gourmet food.
Similarly, big box stores like Walmart and Target with a wide variety of merchandise also have online shopping services for customers. Delivery options will vary with these places. Typical grocery items, like food and cleaning supplies can usually be picked up or delivered within a few hours. Other items not regularly stocked at your local store will need shipping and typically add a day to two to getting the product you've purchased.
If what you need is to fulfill your weekly grocery list, actual grocery stores like HyVee, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Food Lion and many others are coming online each day and may be your best bet. These stores will have all the groceries you need, whether fresh or frozen.
They also know how to package your items to keep them safe and at the appropriate temperatures. Their wide range of products combined with the personal touch of customer service that you can't quite get with a strictly online retailer makes these stores great options.
Most grocery stores now offering delivery or pickup have a small fee added on, but it’s becoming harder and harder to find a grocery store that doesn’t offer delivery or pickup of any kind. Your favorite chain grocery store likely has an online service of which you can take advantage.
Now, many delivery services like Doordash offer deliveries from non-food places, like Rite Aid. If you're looking for beauty products, health-related items, or something else you can find at your local drugstore, and you need it as soon as possible, Doordash might be right for you.
Delivery Options With Online Shopping
Groceries, personal care items, and anything else you may need can all be easily setup for delivery to your address. This saves you a trip to the store, but may cost more money. Grocery orders are usually filled within a few hours. But orders of larger items may take longer, since they need shipping instead of hand-delivered.
If you are receiving a delivery, make sure to note the time that you anticipate the order to arrive. Check to make sure that your delivery has arrived and don’t forget to bring it inside. Some stores offer a no-contact delivery, which means the delivery person will not interact with you at all to drop off your order. If this is your preference, you can note this when you check out online.
Pickup Options With Online Shopping
Each store can have its own method for pickup, but most generally operate in the same way. After placing your online shopping order you’ll be notified of the time that the order will be ready.
If your store has curbside pickup, then you’ll need to drive to the store, but you won’t need to go inside. Park in one of the designated curbside pickup spots when your order has been fulfilled. You might need to call the store to let them know that you’re here for curbside pickup. An employee can then bring your products right to your car.
Some stores also have in-store pickup options. This is beneficial if you’re ordering from a store but don’t want to have to pay for shipping; many stores like Target or Walmart allow you to ship your products to the store closest to you and pick them up once they’ve arrived.
If you choose to do in-store pickup, you can head into the store. Each store will vary on where online orders are picked up in-store, but if you can’t find the right place, simply ask Guest Services.
Paying and Checking Out With Online Shopping
Before you check out, make sure to double-check your cart and ensure you didn’t forget anything. Think of it as something you’d normally do before approaching the register—just online! Check quantities of items, size, color, and all other small details.
One of the potential drawbacks to online shopping is the inability to use cash. This means you must have a credit card, debit card, or online banking account to use. Before you enter your card information, double-check that the site is secure by looking for the little lock symbol that should be at the far left of the address bar in your browser. If you're shopping using the store's mobile phone app, your connection is secure.
If you’re having your items delivered, make sure that the shipping address is correct. This will make delivery of your order straightforward and give it a better chance of being on time.
Now that you know the basics of online shopping, try it out! Shopping online can make life a lot easier if you know how to take advantage of it.