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(Reuters)   Japan's fussy food shoppers, used to shopping daily in person and checking the goods first-hand, finally bow to pandemic reality, use grocery shopping apps to buy what they need   (reuters.com) divider line
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2020-07-01 7:01:39 PM  
Pussy foods by app?
 
2020-07-01 7:45:30 PM  
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2020-07-02 2:29:45 AM  
From TFA:

Most companies won't disclose numbers, but retail executives and analysts estimate internet sales now account for about 5% or more of Japan's total grocery sales, compared with 2.5% before the pandemic.

So... "we're gonna pull numbers out of our asses and say that it doubled, but is still ridiculously low."
As a near daily shopper, I can tell you that the effect of COVID-19 at my local grocery (the ONLY one in my town) has been negligible. If anything, it got busier because people are eating out less.  My wife's mother works for a company called Sugarlady that delivers frozen and packaged food, kitchen goods, and toiletries/makeup to your home.  I thought they would have gotten much busier on the frozen food tip, but she claims it's not really moved the needle at all. Anecdotal I know, but seems as legit data point as TFA.
 
2020-07-02 2:51:58 AM  

kyuzokai: From TFA:

Most companies won't disclose numbers, but retail executives and analysts estimate internet sales now account for about 5% or more of Japan's total grocery sales, compared with 2.5% before the pandemic.

So... "we're gonna pull numbers out of our asses and say that it doubled, but is still ridiculously low."
As a near daily shopper, I can tell you that the effect of COVID-19 at my local grocery (the ONLY one in my town) has been negligible. If anything, it got busier because people are eating out less.  My wife's mother works for a company called Sugarlady that delivers frozen and packaged food, kitchen goods, and toiletries/makeup to your home.  I thought they would have gotten much busier on the frozen food tip, but she claims it's not really moved the needle at all. Anecdotal I know, but seems as legit data point as TFA.


Where is the average Japanese family even going to keep that much food. Apartments don't have cellars.
 
2020-07-02 3:50:59 AM  
Can't speak for Japan, but when COVID hit I started using Instacart because I didn't have a mask handy. Used them three times and was mostly satisfied every time. The issues I had were not the shoppers fault, but either the store still being out of certain things or me being a derp and ordering wrong on the website.

Even paying for the service my groceries came out cheaper because they stick to the list and contact/confirm modifications whereas I'll do every aisle and make on the fly decisions.

Got the mask stuff sorted last week and went myself last time.
 
2020-07-02 7:34:45 AM  
The shops are busier than ever.  Lines out the door sometimes.

My husband and I are limiting our shopping to once and week. During the day there are still a lot of "tourist" husbands milling about, arms crossed, middle of the aisle, gazing at the nori like it holds all the secrets. Drives me crazy. We try to do the shopping in the late evening but by then a lot of things are already out.

Trying to stick with fruit and vegetables that can survive a week in the fridge without getting mushy or moldy. It's given me motivation to start better meal planning. There's just the two of us but we eat breakfast and dinner at home and I make his bento every day. I have the school bento service.

Also, joy! I'm waiting on the results of a PCR test so we're quarantined this week.
 
2020-07-02 9:13:15 AM  

Omnis_evil_twin: The shops are busier than ever.  Lines out the door sometimes.

My husband and I are limiting our shopping to once and week. During the day there are still a lot of "tourist" husbands milling about, arms crossed, middle of the aisle, gazing at the nori like it holds all the secrets. Drives me crazy. We try to do the shopping in the late evening but by then a lot of things are already out.

Trying to stick with fruit and vegetables that can survive a week in the fridge without getting mushy or moldy. It's given me motivation to start better meal planning. There's just the two of us but we eat breakfast and dinner at home and I make his bento every day. I have the school bento service.

Also, joy! I'm waiting on the results of a PCR test so we're quarantined this week.


"Tourist husbands"... I'm stealing that. I hadn't specifically noticed it before, but now you said it, I can't unsee it. You're absolutely right.

I hope your test comes back clear. BTW, did you get anything from TOMIZ yet? And if so, what did you think?  I'm planning on making some sourdough boules this weekend, time permitting.
 
2020-07-02 9:36:42 AM  

kyuzokai: Omnis_evil_twin: The shops are busier than ever.  Lines out the door sometimes.

My husband and I are limiting our shopping to once and week. During the day there are still a lot of "tourist" husbands milling about, arms crossed, middle of the aisle, gazing at the nori like it holds all the secrets. Drives me crazy. We try to do the shopping in the late evening but by then a lot of things are already out.

Trying to stick with fruit and vegetables that can survive a week in the fridge without getting mushy or moldy. It's given me motivation to start better meal planning. There's just the two of us but we eat breakfast and dinner at home and I make his bento every day. I have the school bento service.

Also, joy! I'm waiting on the results of a PCR test so we're quarantined this week.

"Tourist husbands"... I'm stealing that. I hadn't specifically noticed it before, but now you said it, I can't unsee it. You're absolutely right.

I hope your test comes back clear. BTW, did you get anything from TOMIZ yet? And if so, what did you think?  I'm planning on making some sourdough boules this weekend, time permitting.


I haven't ordered anything yet. But I do window shop that site like crazy. Usually when I bake I have some for us and take the rest to share at work. Obviously, there will be no sharing in the near future. :( And the two of us can't finish it on our own.

Besides, I've been too busy with fostering these cuties:
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Their eyes are looking much better now after a week of eye drops and careful washing.

If you or someone you know is (seriously) interested in adopting a kitten please contact me.
 
2020-07-02 9:45:30 AM  
Sounds like an opportunity for teleoperations, just need to get the sense of touch tuned up a bit.  I see thousand for smiling robots cruising the aisles.  You could stop and chat realtime and almost face-to-face.  Link them to the store's database and they'd know where everything is, even that one thing you only buy once a year and is never in the same place.
 
2020-07-02 12:57:22 PM  

Omnis_evil_twin: Besides, I've been too busy with fostering these cuties:


Ooh, they should be real tasty and tender once you've gotten then "fostered" up.
 
2020-07-03 9:29:11 AM  
Are Japan's shoppers "notoriously fussy"?
 
2020-07-03 11:43:19 AM  
Twice we've done curbside. And both times the rocket surgeons that selected our groceries picked the absolute worst produce for us. Like, in the sell today or compost bin type shiat.
 
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