Dont forget read the update at the other end of this post. . .
Read the previous post first if you are not familiar with this subject, and you will understand why I’m not happy with the way my online grocery order is delivered now.
I am not prepared accept my groceries crammed into plastic boxes, all mixed together. The bleach and laundry liquid squeezed next to the biscuits, tinned goods on top of my sliced ham and cheese, and my frozen veg mixed in with the contents of all the other different boxes! You think they would have put the frozen and chilled stuff in a separate box at least.
The delivery man arrived late with “Sorry mate, I’ve got a lot of deliveries and I’m a bit behind” (1 hour and 15 minutes to be precise) Then “Where do you want them mate?” I replied “On the dresser or work surfaces”.
He then proceeded to empty the contents all over every flat surface, including the draining board, on the cooker, on top of the micro-wave and the catfood on the floor. All this because I would not pay for more plastic carriers. He then grabbed his plastic boxes and fled; off to the next victim no doubt!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
After I had sorted everything out and put it all away I thought there must be a better way to deliver the groceries than this.
I had several ideas and wondered if the people at the supermarkets would come up with something, after all they have had plenty of time to work something out, we all knew the days of the plastic bags were numbered.
My first thought was brown paper bags, which seem to be very popular in America, Canada, Australia and possibly other countries.
There is no charge for these bags and no need to return them to the shops. They can be folded up and put into the paper and cardboard recycle bin to be pulped down and made into new brown paper bags! Simples! (I think). Or you could use them to put waste food, potato peelings, old veg etc in and dispose of them in the compost bin.
Some French supermarkets supply fold-up cardboard boxes to deliver the goods that can be reused several times until they start to breakdown, which is quite a long time because they are made of good quality cardboard. These can be marked with the contents, see my artists impression (?) of what they would look like in English. Of course they could be made in different sizes to accommodate the amount they hold. Just think, it would be great to have the bottles in one, the frozen and chilled stuff in another, the delicate groceries like cakes, pies, bread, biscuits etc in another. Household goodies like bleach, sprays, disinfectant, soap and other smellies in yet another. After you have put the items away you simply fold the boxes flat and hand them to the driver when he brings the next order.
With a bit of luck, and determination by the shops and the people there will be no more views like this in the near future.
As I said I’m not prepared to put up with deliveries like my last order until things change for the better. So, Mr Super-rich Supermarket owner you had better come up with something soon or you will most probably loose a lot of custom.
I have already made alternative arrangements. I bought a large pull-along trolley and use my free (Here’s that hated description again!) “Old Age Pensioners” bus pass to get to the supermarket. It is practically door-to-door for me by bus so I don’t have the struggle with a heavy load. If I make three trips in a week I can get everything I need, and I get to choose my fruit and veg and not have to accept what is delivered, which is usually just on the turn. Whats worse than wilted lettuce and wrinkled tomatoes?
I would be very interested in your comments on the above issues.
UP-A-DATE: 01/01/16. I received an email from a commercial firm, who had obviously read my post, suggesting that they could probably help any supermarket with the design and supply of the boxes for deliveries. This company specialises in strong cardboard boxes for practically any purpose. I emailed them back informing them which supermarkets I use, or used to, and suggested they send them a link to their site and a link to this post, and if they land a contract not to forget who it was who recommended them.