The Internet is swarmed these days with grocery delivery advertisements and search terms like “fresh fruits online Karachi” are also gaining traction, whether you are trying to watch a YouTube video or read through an article such ads are ubiquitous. The COVID-19 virus has changed commerce at multiple levels and it has had great import in the digital world. Look at the growth of OTT platforms, online streaming, gaming, E-commerce and digital marketing for instance. The levels of user engagement, retention and adoption are unprecedented and with so many new entrants into these arenas it is very hard to tell which ones are keepers and which ones are not even worthy of your attention. Online grocery shopping in Pakistan has also undergone a major shift, given that most people have been staying indoors due to ongoing lockdowns, several existing players have had to expand their operations while a multitude of others have included grocery delivery in their list of services. We are here to help dissect the space to save you endless online searches for getting your snacks, food supplies and essentials online from the best service available in your area.
What makes a grocery delivery service stand out?
The list that we have cherry picked consists of the grocery delivery services with operations spread across the country, from remote areas to huge urban centers with products ranging from household items to daily essentials. Our preference has been towards trusted names, wider networks, services that offer discounts all year round and ones that offer multiple payment channels. Still, given the infancy of the industry we have also included some of those that are relatively smaller or less recognized but are offering amazing service levels, quick deliveries and great product quality.
Top 4 online grocery delivery platforms
No introduction required for darazpk as it is one the biggest e-commerce success stories in the country. Darazz has been making strides ever since its advent back in 2012, with record breaking sales, getting acquired by global giants like Rocket Internet first and Alibaba group later. If a global e-commerce titan like is backing something, you know they mean business and consequently if darazpk is pushing something to the market it becomes clear that it is solid gold. It seems that they just want us to keep indulging in the habit of browsing their app for all our needs, whether we are looking for a needle or a spaceship. The latest addition to their interminable list of offerings is a complete experience of online grocery shopping. They have their signature features added to grocery shopping as well with general discounts, special vouchers, promos, card discounts and bundle deals along with the overarching claim of best prices online. From a consumer’s perspective, when you are looking for a complete month’s grocery supplies or trying to buy in bulk, your total bill is bound be trimmed down considerably. They offer two delivery modes, express or next day so can choose according to the time window that suits best. Darazz follows its quality assurance standards religiously and has one of the most widely available e-commerce and delivery networks in the country.
Grocer: This app is one of the first movers in the domain and has been gaining a lot of attention lately. It primarily serves Lahore and the twin cities, as of now, but they boast a great variety of products and ensure lightning fast deliveries. Their assortment of products includes home care, cleaning, health care, personal care, fresh food, frozen food and daily staples. They also offer returning customers loyalty benefits like the “Grocer Club” which enables them to get free deliveries, among other perks.
Airlifts Express: What’s the deal with all these ride sharing services offering us grocery deliveries? Well, they already have their feet on the ground, quite literally in terms of their existing fleet networks, as logistics end is covered the only thing they had to work out was managing supply, inventory and technology for this added vertical. You can order packaged goods, daily essentials and even fresh fruits online in Karachi using their app. Airlift express operates from 9am to 11pm, seven days a week and offers free delivery. They also sport their short delivery time window of 30 minutes and are constantly adding to an already extensive list of grocery items to choose from.
24Seven: This grocery service has limited its operations to Lahore and has also been around right from the start. They have over 4000 items in their product catalog and offer different delivery slots to their customers. They charge no delivery fee for orders that value above Rs. 2000 and offer different payment options online along with cash on delivery. Their delivery network caters to customer required throughout the week and have amassed a loyal fan base albeit limited in scale.
Juicing extracts juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant phytonutrients found in the entire fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also contain healthy fiber that is lost during juicing.
Some juice proponents say juicing is better for you than eating whole fruits and vegetables because the body can better absorb nutrients and gives your digestive system a break from working with fiber. They say juicing can lower your risk of cancer, strengthen your immune system, help flush toxins from your body, and aid digestion and weight loss.
However, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that the extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get from the fruits or vegetables themselves.
If you don't like eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing can be a fun way to add them to your diet, or try fruits and vegetables that you don't normally eat. You can find many juicing recipes or make your own fruit and vegetable combinations to your liking.
You might also consider blending instead of pure squeezing. Blending the edible portions of the fruit produces a drink that is higher in beneficial phytonutrients and fiber. Fiber helps you feel full.
If you do try to make juice, make as much juice as you can drink at one time, because harmful bacteria can develop quickly in fresh juice. If you are buying commercial fresh juice, go for a pasteurized product.