Grocery delivery service in Tokyo
Grocery delivery service in Tokyo
Things have become extremely convenient in the world that we live in. Especially in Japan, there are so many different companies that offer a bunch of very convenient services if you are willing to pay the money for it. In the Tokyo area, uber eats has finally become a thing and it is pretty successful. This is without a doubt a great service for those who are sick, too tired, too lazy to go out to eat. But there is only so much that you can get from uber eats. I’ve had some times where i’ve been too sick to walk to the closest supermarket or even convenience store and have wished that there was a delivery service. Some of you may even end work so late that by the time you get home the supermarkets are already closed. And even though there are convenience stores that are open late at night it’s not like you can really get fresh vegetables and other things at the convenience store. Don’t get me wrong the convenience store does have a lot of convenient things but there are certain things that you can only get at a grocery store.
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So for those of you who are interested in the grocery delivery service there are a bunch of major supermarkets who offer this delivery service. The three main supermarkets that offer this service are Seiyu, So-op, and Ito-Yokado. However, the one big problem is that it is only in Japanese…. But in 2018, there has to be a way to do this that offers this service in English.
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Well there is. Amazon Fresh is a part of the Amazon online empire that handles groceries. They operate in many markets around the world and the Japan version offers same day delivery to most of the Greater Tokyo area! In order to use this service, you have to have an Amazon Prime membership which costs 3,900 yen per year. And then on top of that there is a 500 yen monthly fee for the Fresh service. And then there is also a delivery fee which is usually around 500 yen as well. Ordering is pretty easy as you just order anything you like and then in the checkout section you will be asked when the best delivery time would be. If you don’t live in the service area your address will not show up when you login.
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The other service that you can use if you do not speak or read/write Japanese is HonestBee. This is a Singaporean startup business that first started out in Singapore before going to other Asian countries. They pretty much are a middleman between the customers and grocery chains. So what you can do is use their app to shop from places like Seiyu, Isetan, National Azabu and more. Then they will send their team to the supermarket to pick up the groceries and then send them over to your residence. They charge a 400 yen service fee and then another 400 yen for the delivery fee on top of what you have ordered. If you order over 5,000 yen worth of groceries then your delivery fee will be waived. Their service is available in all 23 wards and parts of Kawasaki and Yokohama.
If you simply need to just get your groceries home then they are certain grocery stores that will deliver your groceries on the same day after you have already shopped for your groceries. So basically you have gone to the grocery stores and bought everything but you just either won’t be going home right away or maybe you bought too much that you can’t carry it all home. So in this case, you can ask for the grocery store to deliver the groceries to your residence. Depending on which grocery store you go to the delivery cost will differ so make sure to check that out at the supermarket.
I’m sure there are a bunch of different services out there so maybe ask around to see what other people are doing or you can search the web for some more information.
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