Delivery and subscription based services are changing the way people shop, consume and interact with brands. Here’s an overview of 5 must have delivery/subscription services and a pro/con for each.
1. Instacart for groceries – PRO: Buy only what you need and can track your cart total along the way. Spend less money by avoiding impulse buys. CON: Personal shoppers don’t always pick a comparable replacement if something is out of stock. Trial and error with produce, for example qty 1 banana literally means ONE banana, not 1lb.
2. Amazon PrimePantry for household – PRO: Avoid shopping at Target. CON: Savings is negated by the standard $4.99 box fee (in addition to the $99 Prime subscription).
3. Caviar for restaurants – PRO: Tip and tax already factored in, no need to sign. Good selection of restaurants to choose from. CON: No complaints yet.
4. Stitch Fix for fashion – PRO: Receiving clothing items you normally wouldn’t select helps keep your style fresh. Killer variable data and imaging printing, each box feels extremely personalized. CON: Easy to exceed clothing budget, suggest opting for every other month rather than once a month service.
5. Allure Beauty Box for beauty – PRO: Avoid shopping at Target. Again, try new products you normally wouldn’t purchase. CON: Mainstream products (i.e. Unilever, P&G), would like to see more natural and organic options offered.
I’m starting to utilize these services like I do utilities, constant replenishment, auto draft, time-saving devices that don’t require much thought. Plus I don’t miss fighting for a parking spot at Whole Foods or weekend trips to Target.
Hope you give delivery/subscriptions a try and discover how you can dedicate more free time to important things…would love to hear about your experiences (good or bad) with these types of services.