Grocery shopper and delivery service on Wednesday morning
During the pandemic here and there along residential neighborhoods various delivery services stop with one or more grocery bags in hand, with boxed "make it at home" meals ready-prepped, or hot food delivered from restaurants. Before the pandemic, it was a habit, lifestyle, or luxury consumer pattern that only involved relatively small numbers of people around their neighborhoods downtown or suburban.
For home-bound workers and those at high risk for harm from the Covid-19 disease, though, using telephone or Internet (PC or portable device's customized app) to place grocery requests has become a new routine. Advice columnists make suggestions to tip the person gathering the items listed, bagging, and then delivering to the doorstep - all without contact to minimize the chance of virus transmission. Big grocery stores like Kroger and (this photo) Meijer have their own in-house system of staff and procedures. But on this morning, there were also a few shoppers wearing cheerful T-shirts (bright green for Shipt; bright aqua for Be.Yo.Nd - also advertising "the first shoppers summit"). Others had no distinguishing clothing, but did carry a stack of plastic or paper in-store bags, or reusable cloths bags that set their cart apart from everyone else who was doing their own shopping, payment, and delivery to their own cupboard or refrigerator. The professional shoppers who knew each other from daily interactions greeted each other as fellows in the same trench, fighting the same fight.
If the danger of virus transmission becomes moot for most people after an effective form of vaccine is universally offered, then maybe this routine of submitting shopping request, paying the services charge and tipping will continue; not for health and safety, but because the convenience of outsourcing this work begins to seem a good exchange of one's money for the time cost and bother being avoided.
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