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Drive Through Grocery Store

Not Just a drive through, but a warehouse with car lanes where people shop for food
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The drive through grocery would have sections that sold groceries from staples to canned goods to bakery items. There would be lanes for cars to pull up to the "counter" where stock associates could retrieve their items. Another very useful possibility of this store is for online ordering of groceries. The customer places an order which is printed and put on file at the grocery store. Then a call is placed 2-3 hours before pick-up time to confirm the order and give the grocer time to collect the items. The customer then drives up to the internet order pick-up desk and pays for the groceries. Cars could also have bar code bumper stickers or radio transponders that communicate with the store's computers. Regular orders could easily be filled, loaded into the car and billed to a customer's credit card. Excellent for senior citizens.
munkeylunk, Aug 23 2001

First Drive-through Supercenters Planned for Late 2005 http://www.progress...ntent_id=1000739791
"AutoCart, LLC, based here, said it plans to roll out the world's first "drive-through supercenter" format, a 130,000-square-foot facility equipped to deliver more than 25,000 SKUs directly to consumers in their cars....Among the more than 17 classifications of products and services that AutoCart said it will offer at the proposed supercenters are grocery, pharmacy, banking, movie and game rental, bakery, office supplies, florists, photography development, dry cleaning, liquor, and lottery sales." [krelnik, Dec 21 2004]

For Prolixed Pot-luck_20groceries
[Basepair, Jul 17 2005]

Amazon to build drive through grocery stores http://www.komando....07-27-article_9-cta
pull out your smartphone, place an order and head to the nearest Amazon drive-thru and voila! Now you've got more than just a burger and fries, you've got a week's worth of groceries and you didn't even have to step foot in the store." They will be losing impulse buys made while forcing you to to walk to the back of the through the store to get milk, bread, diapers and other essentials. A long drive through approach window displaying impulse buy items the cutomer could add to the shopping list would help the bottom line. [Sunstone, Jul 27 2015]

Drive through convenience now at the grocery store http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1348764
There's nothing as frustrating as needing a gallon of milk and spending 10 minutes in the grocery store buying it. Now there's a grocery store where you don't even have to get out of your car. [Sunstone, Jul 27 2015]

Curb side pick up retail store http://www.instoret...through-in-the-usa/
The concept of the drive-thru in retail has fully blossomed in Europe, but the service is still gaining traction and awareness among US consumers. [Sunstone, Jul 27 2015]

Russian inventor Semenov Dahir Kurmanbievich filed a patent for a drive-through supermarket http://www.telegrap...-of-the-future.html
[Sunstone, Jan 15 2016]

Top Gear: Series 21 Episode 1 https://www.youtube...watch?v=gCJpWzDMVnE
[Laughs Last, Jan 15 2016]

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       How will CO2 emissions be handled? How will this pass - for instance - CalOSHA? (California Occupational Safety and Hazard Organization)?
thumbwax, Aug 23 2001
  

       I once drove partially through a grocery store when the brakes on my '69 Skylark failed. Not excellent for those senior citizens on hand.
The Military, Aug 23 2001
  

       Hey, it sounds good to me, only thing though, what about drive-offs?
barnzenen, Aug 23 2001
  

       Why not just order (from your internet grocery service) and get it delivered to your house. Make a car-port so that the *delivery person* can do the drive through thing.
sdm, Aug 23 2001
  

       Webvan, we hardly knew ye.
The Military, Aug 24 2001
  

       I like to "look around" for what I want to buy. Especially if its fruit or vegetables to see if its old or rotten. Also, to take a glance at expiration dates, because I've seen all too many times where a food product was expired. When you get your products from the "drive-thru," I don't think you'd be able examine all the stuff you bought since you'd be holding up the line. And you would need a million "pick-up desks" since it would take some time for the worker to put the groceries in your car. I'm thinking that you'd have to drive to many kinds of "desks" to pick up the various assortments of groceries. If this "drive-in grocery store" is all in one place, then I should think the traffic would be horrendous!
NHstud1216, Aug 24 2001
  

       In the UK, tesco (2nd biggest supermarket chain) offer an internet order and delivery service. And they don't deliver anything bad or out of date. (They did at first but got tired of having to send the van out again with replacements. Also, anything sold past it's use/sell by date in the UK gets a fine of upto £5000 per item.)
CasaLoco, Aug 24 2001
  

       Yes. And cutlery. (I know. Go figure.)
angel, Aug 28 2001
  

       Maybe what we really need is motorized shopping carts that you can take home.
beland, Oct 20 2003
  

       This was baked in my city, I'd guess about 10 years ago, but went out of business after a couple months. I'm not sure why; it seemed like a good idea at the time.
jivetalkinrobot, Oct 24 2003
  

       This is baking, see link.
krelnik, Dec 21 2004
  

       I work in the deli at a grocery store. This reminds me of the Carl's Jr. commercial for their pastrami burger, "...because deli's don't have drive-thrus".
Noldoaran, Dec 21 2004
  

       To prevent errors, to increase efficiency to cut costs and to inrease the health of its customers, there should be a standard pack of food. You get what everyone else gets, nutritionally balanced and healthy. You want fun? take your pants off
Prolixed, Jul 15 2005
  

       //there should be a standard pack of food// see link.
Basepair, Jul 17 2005
  
      
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