Businesses trying to start grocery services to their customers have made it big during the last two years. During the lockdown, home delivery and the use of courier services for virtually every task was one of the most profitable businesses. People tried to stock everything, and grocery was amongst one of them as they feared that some food items may be out of stock. And they would have to look for it everywhere in the market.
With the Omicron variant of SARS-COV2 wreaking havoc across several countries and spreading like wildfire, anybody guesses that we may face another lockdown. It may not be as severe as the previous one, but nothing can be said with surety. So, whether you are trying to set up a superstore or just a community grocery store in your neighbourhood, the use of an app can be beneficial for you.
Please go through this blog as I discuss how app development can work for small businesses as well as big organizations.
Mobile App for Grocery: The Basics
What can be termed as the basics when it comes to mobile apps for grocery? A simple app through which anyone can order groceries 24/7. But it is not that simple as the options and features related to it can be very extensive in nature. And if you will go for a comprehensive app, the cost incurred can be too much for a small business at a startup. So, what is the remedy here?
A good solution is about choosing the middle way and going for the options that are the most common in grocery apps. While you never know what a particular customer would require in a mobile app, you need good consultancy from the experts. For example, if you are trying to set up a grocery business in Dubai, this is a huge market even though the population is not at par with the top ten or even top 20 cities in the world. But the market has huge potential and it is a highly saturated one.
Now let me describe some other aspects related to grocery apps.
Age Group of your Customers Matter a Lot
You may not think that the age group of your customers message much but go through the following few paragraphs and you will know what I mean.
The three categories mentioned below will have a good idea about why grocery apps are not your average apps.
Customers Related to Gen Z
Customers between 25-45
The three categories mentioned above offer specific needs and that’s why you will require a lot of time in incorporating all the features in such an app. That is why the process for mobile apps related to groceries can’t be completed within a few days. And if you haven’t gone through the business models related to this category, you are missing something.
Grocery Business Models
Basically, there are three distinct business models available for grocery shops, according to the size of it and how many facilities you want to provide.
1. Single Grocery Shop
Getting a mobile app for a small grocery shop will be the easiest. Just like an Instacart application. This will allow your business to go online within a few days. And can turn into grocery marketplaces if everything remains smooth.
2. Grocery Marketplaces
The second is a marketplace where you come up with an app featuring a huge collection of many items. This may turn into grocery marketplaces so that there are chances that a mobile app can turn out to be the catalyst here.
3. Grocery store chains
Grocery store chains are where you look to compete with the best in the business. If you have a grocery store change, then you will need a comprehensive mobile app so that it can encompass every feature that is required by most customers.
Onboarding, browsing through the products, the payments section, and real-time tracking of the order by the customers are some of the basic features. These must be present in a grocery app so that to offer customers the best app. If you think that you can put some or all of the features above, there are still some aspects that need attention. That is why support from an app developer Dubai will help you in getting an app that will work for you.
A Universal App for Everyone
There are various features and options in a grocery app that you must put if you want a Universal app. For small businesses and startups, this may not be the perfect idea right from the start, but this is what must be the eventual goal for every grocery app. And there must be some room for extra features so that in the future more options can be incorporated into it.
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For example, the options for the riders who are supposed to drop off the groceries too far off destinations is critical in the future that not many companies think about it. Just the location indicator and how a rider will locate a new address are enough to make an app quite cumbersome to develop. That is why I have mentioned that support from an expert developer is needed.
Over to You
If you are trying to set up a business in Dubai for any other megacity, you should have good support from developers. But still, be prepared for some delay as just the frontend and backend development parts will take several weeks to complete. You need to start right now if you want to operate such a business within a few months.
What is your experience of using a grocery app and if you are ok with it? Or if you are trying to launch your own business, what have you prepared by now? Do you think that this will help you? Please provide your honest feedback here. You can also ask any questions you have in mind, and I will get back to you at my earliest.
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