The idea is to open a small grocery store with fewer than 50 different kinds of items and make it entirely drive thru/pick-up. We would sell only “quick pickup” types of items (Ex. toilet paper, milk, condoms, etc.) which we know people would need and would have minimum selection. The plan is to save people looking to buy 3-4 things a ton of time and money.
You’d use an app to make your order of 3-4 items and the idea is that after a certain wait period you would be able to pick up stuff at any time convenient for them. We can provide some sort of an incentive system to prevent crowding if that becomes an issue.
So in terms of saving people time: They pay in advance so we just need to scan their phone and we’d put the box of groceries into their vehicle.
In terms of saving people money: We have fewer items so we’d have lower costs (labor, rent, etc.) and we’d pass on part of these savings to our customers. Another possible avenue is partnering with popular brands. For example, we would only sell 1 liter bottles of Coke vs Pepsi. For this, maybe they would give us a discount on product.
In the future, we’d like to move towards fully automating everything (Essentially, becoming one big vending machine). It’d be relatively easier for us than someone like Walmart because we only stock 50 items.
Our competition is fierce but I do see a niche we could care out for ourselves. With Amazon, people usually have to wait and be available for drop off. Plus, there’s always the membership fee. And for big stores like Walmart/Target who do carry out, I see the $30 minimum to be an issue for people who just want to pick up a gallon of milk and some toilet paper.