I saw an announcement on Facebook that Walmart is now providing curbside pickup of groceries. The concept is simple – connect to their website, place an order and schedule a pickup. Then all you have to do is drive to the store and an employee will come out and put your groceries in your car for you.
I wanted to verify just what was involved, so I researched and found it is absolutely true. If you want to use it you may click here. I am not endorsing it or getting a kickback for advertising.
I found it interesting that we may order food, baby supplies, laundry soap and even furniture. If Walmart carries it, we can order it to our car.
Now, I admit there could be some very legitimate needs for such a service. I remember well the times I drove out of my way (20 years ago) to get gas from a certain station that had a booth next to the pumps so I could pay without going inside the store. It was a godsend to me because taking a baby out of the car was such a pain in the neck. Taking multiple children was a nightmare. Since that time things have changed, every station has pay at the pump and I no longer have car seats.
I can imagine someone not wanting to take their children out of the car, especially if the child is sick. I can imagine using this system when shopping with a handicapped person because it is difficult to maneuver wheelchairs through the store. Yes, I can understand the desire to use such a service, but I still wonder if it is helping or hurting.
Will people use it because they can’t bother to get dressed? Will this make us even lazier, unwilling to get out of the car and walk around the store? We all know there are crazy people shopping, are we leery of encountering them?
Will we spend less because we don’t see the tempting items at the checkout, or will we spend more because we can see everything on a screen and not really look at the items?
Is the employee going to pick the bananas that are just the right color of yellow, or are they going to pick the green or brown ones? How hard is the avocado going to be? What date is the milk going to expire?
And clothing – I am very picky about my clothes.
I am sure it would be easier to send a spouse to the store and still get exactly what you want, nothing more or less, because you pre-ordered everything. Many a spouse would probably appreciate that too. It might save a marriage if one could blame the employee for bungling the order placed in the car.
This brings me to another thought – if the employee loads your car, how can you guarantee the order is correct when you don’t check it? I know I check the drive-through food orders before pulling away, nothing worse than being one burger short when driving a car full of hungry people.
I do like the fact that stores deliver groceries to people in their homes because many people don’t have transportation or are too ill to go out. I had trouble getting out when I was a primary care-giver. I understand the need for these services. Still, I wonder if it will cause people to never walk again. Will we become even more obese and less connected.
Oh, I just don’t know what to think anymore. I feel I am becoming too cynical. After all, I send my human shopping all the time and I don’t really like shopping at the big super store for a variety of reasons.
What about you, would you use this service?