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Senior focused shopping delivery
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With seniors and other vulnerable folks being told to avoid crowds and generally stay at home, I was struck by the fact that my 30something son never goes shopping but uses Instacart, whereas my inlaws who are in their late 60s/early 70ies and live in an over 55 community, always go shopping.

So seems like a perfect time to start a delivery service that figures out how to help seniors get all their shopping done without leaving the house.

theircompetitor, Mar 10 2020

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It's not all bad ... [8th of 7, Mar 10 2020]


       Surely the obvious action is to try and get them out and about more, whittling down the numbers claiming pensions and medical benefits, and speeding up the inheritance by younger generations ?   

       If you look at the historical record, that's exactly what happened during the Black Death - a lot of younger people unexpectedly became seriously wealthy, due to an "inheritance cascade" of elders dying off.   

8th of 7, Mar 10 2020

       I think there's a real need here, but I am not sure how to fill it. What's needed to specifically address older customers?   

       Shopping in familiar places is socially rewarding. I still remember my grandmother talking me along to the local market, joking with the sellers she'd bought from for decades.   

       That's quite a ways away from dragging something into a shopping cart and clicking "check out".
jutta, Mar 10 2020

       // socially rewarding //   

       <Polite bafflement/>
8th of 7, Mar 10 2020

       jutta is right (as always, ha). My husband and I call it our date night. We know a lot of the cashiers and CS folks. We know a lot of the other shoppers because it's a community. If I get guaranteed, which is very possible, I would miss my weekly outing and get depressed and my immune system would then suffer.
blissmiss, Mar 10 2020

       well, maybe we use clown suits :)
theircompetitor, Mar 10 2020

       Experience has shown that it is invariably wise to be polite to She Who Must Be Obeyed ...   

       // clown suits //   

       Sure, why not ? "Pogo", or "Pennywise" ... ?
8th of 7, Mar 10 2020

       gr. Her
pertinax, Mar 12 2020

       Viz-a-viz the idea, surely the solution would be for the in- laws to send their grandson out to get their groceries, wearing gloves, then pump him for gossip.   

       Of course, that assumes the quaint, old-world condition in which the different generations of the family live in the same city.
pertinax, Mar 12 2020

       Good for Portland! Thank you for the link, [Chair].
pertinax, Mar 14 2020


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