“Just pull on up and get your chicken and the price is a good deal for what you’re getting,” says customer Aletia Brown.
The six-year-old company sells direct from farmers to online shoppers. And now makes parking lot deliveries at 1,200 locations nationwide.
“It’s almost like a concierge service. They don’t have to get out of the car,” says Mike Conrad, Zycon’s co-founder.
Online grocery sales are expected to rise from $16 billion in 2015 to $42 billion this year, according to Morgan Stanley Research.
“What e-commerce offers as a result is giving those consumers the two hours they spent shopping back every week,” says Supermarket News retail editor Jon Springer.
Its also giving supermarkets another big competitor: Amazon, which plans to open stores where shoppers can pick up online grocery orders.
“It’s a great time to be a shopper. And it’s a tough time to be a supermarket,” Springer says.
In the supermarket wars, technology is giving shoppers an upper hand.