Online Grocery Stores

Attention! Online grocery-shopping is back... After a spectacular implosion, Internet groceries are rolling again. Online groceries flamed out big in the dot-com bust of the 1990s, with one company — Webvan — blowing through a billion (yes, that's a BILLION) dollars in financing. But over the past few years they've come back, and this time companies are taking it slow and doing it right. Today, these groceries are legitimate businesses fulfilling about 1 percent of the nation’s $570 billion grocery bill. That may sound like a drop in the bucket, but business is expected to triple by 2008, according to Jupiter Research. Meanwhile, a report from the Food Marketing Institute reports that 5 percent of consumers — 3.7 million people — shopped online for groceries in the last year, up from 3 percent the year before. You'll now see companies like Peapod in 15 markets in the Midwest and East Coast, Albertsons and Safeway in the West, Simon Delivers and Schnucks in the Midwest, and Fresh Direct in New York City. I've been shopping online myself for the past couple of months — since Peapod came to my neighborhood — and I have to say it's a definite improvement in my life. (And I'm not someone who's ever really minded going to the grocery store.)

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