Having groceries delivered is one thing, and for some people it would work great. But it does not seem like the best solution for the greater Seattle area where it seems like more people are working all day, and someone may not be home to be there for delivery. I was thinking tonight about a variation on the theme though.
Imagine you are at work all day, and you need to stop at the grocery store. But it has been a long day at the office and you really just want to get home.
How about going online, placing an "order" for the groceries that you need (perhaps even pay right then), and instead of the items being delivered you instead pick them up at a "drive thru" on the way home. easy to select what you want and pay, no long lines to deal with (theoretically), not to mention not having to walk through a grocery store with 2 kids fighting with each other and wanting something from every shelf they walk past....
It seems that "we" have such a fascination with the drive thru concept that this would just be a logical extension of what already exists out there. I mean, there are drive thru banks, coffee, strippers (ok, I am referring to places like Cowgirls), dry cleaners, pharmacist, zoos (NW Trek, etc), liquor stores, wedding chapels (Vegas, of course), movies (drive in)....
Oh - and I think there are some drive thru restaurants here and there as well.
Does anyone remember HomeGrocer.com? This concept of ordering groceries over the internet and having them delivered was certainly interesting - and the company seemed to be doing very well. However, after they sold to ...whoever they sold to, that company crapped out.