Blog: Dean BestLaziness or convenience? The rise of online shopping

Dean Best | 7 March 2008

just-food reporter Michelle Russell yesterday (6 March) heard UK retail watchers talk about the rise and rise of online shopping in the country. It got her wondering...

Have we become a lazy nation of shoppers or are we just too busy to fit a weekly shop into our now busy schedules?

I remember a time when I was a young girl and Thursday nights were grocery shopping night. My mum would bundle me and my two sisters into the car and we’d look forward to what we saw as a bit of an adventure – ok we didn’t get out much – but exploring this huge, overwhelming supermarket, picking up items we clearly weren’t allowed and diving for the toy section are all images embedded in my childhood memory.

Yet it seems this may soon be a thing of the past with online shopping now growing at such a phenomenal rate.

Ok I won’t be going shopping with my mom and sisters anymore but the family outing, choosing what you’re going to have for dinner, squeezing and smelling your fruit - it doesn’t quite offer the same experiences sat at a computer.

With obesity also on the rise, shouldn’t retailers be encouraging shoppers to get a bit of exercise, even if it is a walk from the car park to the store, and browse through the plethora of healthy-eating brands now hitting supermarket shelves in person rather than from home? Or are retailers just thinking of their pockets with the virtual basket offering a far greater capacity than the physical one?

Maybe we should take advice from the French who haven’t yet entered into the online grocery-shopping phenomenon. Visiting a local market surely offers a social element that gladly contributes to the food buying experience?

Before we know it, those grinning supermarket greeters will be out of a job and we’ll all be suffering from piles, but hey at least we’ll have more time to play on the Wii.


BLOG

Another reshuffling of pack at Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....

BLOG

FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....

BLOG

just-food back up and running

To follow on from our earlier notice and after some hard work from our technical team, just-food is back live after today's power outage....

BLOG

Storm Doris causes power outage at just-food

Much of the UK has felt the impact of Storm Doris today - and just-food's head office has been no exception....

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?