Whether it’s for convenience or personal safety, many people have started shopping for fruits and vegetables online. There are a number of advantages to doing this – you don’t have to step out of your home, you get access to a large variety of fruits and vegetables and there’s no haggling with the vegetable vendors. That said, there has also been a rise in the number of online vendors and not all of them offer the same quality of products and services. Let’s take a look at some of the things to keep in mind when you order fruits and vegetables online so that you have a pleasant experience.
Find out where the vegetables are grown
Ideally, always buy vegetables directly from farms. While there are many aggregators that sell vegetable and fruits along with other products, it is best to shop from farms that are focused on vegetables and fruits. Firstly, When you shop from farms, you know how the vegetables are grown and can assess the farming techniques used. Do the farms use organic fertilizers or chemicals? You’re also assured of higher quality produce. Farms selling direct to consumers usually only fulfil local orders. This means your fruits and vegetables have to travel a shorter distance to reach you and thus are fresher. Getting fresher produce also means that its tastier.
Find out about add-on prices
Many retailers add hidden costs to your order. The most common amongst these – a delivery charge. Some sellers charge a fixed delivery fee for every order while others charge fees relative to the order value – the higher your order value, the lower the delivery fee. Delivery fee may also vary based on your location. Some sellers may insist on a minimal order value to deliver an order. This too can be considered an add-on price as you’re being forced to buy something that you may not necessarily want or need. Some sites may charge a fixed monthly fee for deliveries.
What is the customer feedback?
It’s quite frustrating to order fruits and vegetables online and then not receive your order on time. So, before you choose your vendor, check reviews and testimonials. It is also possible for the vendor to service one area very well but not be able to extend the same quality of service to another area. So, ask your neighbors and the people who live in the area around you for recommendations. Talk about the quality of fruits and vegetables, the consistency of this quality of service and how often deliveries are delayed.Also ask them how responsive the company is when orders have issues or get delayed.
Today, millennials and their grandparents, both order fruits and vegetables online. As long as you choose to shop from a vendor known for high quality produce and service, you’ll never want to go to the market again just to stock up your fridge. After all, you get the same or better quality fruits and vegetables at lower prices and delivered to your doorstep. So, are you ready to place your order?