Most of us are used to buying online by now. That has been the reason why the lockdown has affected our buying habits. All of a sudden, we have started moving towards buying the necessary goods at available prices. But we are still getting habituated with the necessary updates in our buying processes, as we get the essential goods.
Up until now, fashion was one of the most frequently bought categories. Groceries, although growing, was still not a very mainstream category for online purchases. That has changed as we are trying to get our essentials in whatever way possible.
In some states, we are undergoing an absolute lockdown. In other states, we are witnessing partial lockdowns with several key services available. But across the nation, as we adapt to the ‘new normal,’ we can have some house-rules to ensure that our buying behavior between clothes and groceries is differentiated.
Here are some tips that will help you buy safely:
This is not a statement on your neighborhood supplier, but a vote of confidence for the organized supply chains. Many vendors and hawkers are taking great care to keep their products safe, but you have to ensure that the supply chain is secured at scale. And that is possible only with organized retailers.
The very definition of online supply is changing since many ordinary vendors are now providing on-call ordering and online ordering. Most organized retailers who operate online have to make sure their employees and vendors are safe; hence, their operations are generally more trustworthy.
To be on the safer side of the picture, make sure you buy from organized retailers online who have to go through rigorous testing and licensing processes to operate their business.
Ideally, your groceries should come in a contact-less delivery system. That would not be possible with offline retailers or unorganized sellers. Irrespective of where your order is being delivered, most probably, you will have to go and pick it up.
Now, when you step out of the home to pick up that order, you are exposing yourself partially. Hence, it is critically important for you to ensure that both you and your purchase are disinfected.
As soon as you come back with the package, make sure you clean, cleanse, and disinfect yourself with adequate soaps and sanitizers. Then, move to cleaning your package and then go back to using your sanitizer. Companies are offering specific disinfectants dedicated to cleaning veggies and groceries. You can plan on using them as well.
Most buyers may not pay attention to this, but it will help you add another layer of diligence in your safety process. You can actually go online and check the fulfillment center that will be supplying your purchase to your house. Most organized online sellers list their fulfillment centers online. You can even check with their helpline to get this information. After this, you can go to Google Maps to see the number of cases that have come from that area.
This might not have a direct impact on your grocery purchases. But, it will help you ensure that the possibility of contamination or safety mishap is minimized. Since several online sellers are providing groceries, you can choose another seller, which has a fulfillment center in a safer area.
You might tend to go for fresh produce when it comes to flour and veggies. But this is not the time to keep your taste intact. The priority here is to ensure that the safety of your purchase is maintained throughout the supplying process. Buying branded and packaged products will give you an extra layer of security.
Branded & packaged goods have to go through security, health, and safety standard checks at the manufacturing facility, which is generally certified by government authorities. Then, it passes from the organized supply chain, where it again undergoes safety checks. And finally, it reaches your home.
Buying non-branded or generic grocery products may not serve you well, especially in these times.
Finally – the focus should be on buying less and storing more. It might be difficult for many of us to plan an entire week’s grocery needs. But, it will tremendously help you if you track your usage and have a basic understanding of how much you need. There is no reason for you to hoard products. But, by simple planning and storage, you will save yourself from the hassle of going through the buying, disinfecting, and diligence process.