Dump Amazon Prime and get groceries (and more) delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart

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Skip Amazon Prime and get groceries, office supplies, homewares, and even clothes delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart. As the weather gets worse and life gets busy around the holidays, you should consider purchasing a delivery membership to help check off one more thing on your to-do list. We recommend skipping Amazon Prime , and trying out Shipt and Instacart , two standbys in the on-demand category. Both services deliver essentials, groceries, and more to your home with the touch of an app, but are faster and more reliable than online shopping by mail, since they contact a local shopper in your area who picks up and delivers in your own neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for someone to pick up your groceries every week, need help hauling an 18-lb. dog food bag home, or need a last-minute ingredient for a recipe you’re in the middle of making, a grocery delivery membership is ultra-convenient to have in your arsenal. Here’s how the two stack up. Read Full Story

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The Local SEO Stats & Practical Tactics of Google’s Top-Ranked Grocery Stores

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Posted by MiriamEllis Grocery stores belong at the center of the 2021 local SEO industry conversation. Other than medical facilities, no enterprise stands out more clearly on the map as essential to daily life in the US, and few verticals have had to adapt more rapidly in mid-flight than our neighborhood food stores in the COVID-19 era. From independent grocers to major supermarket chains, there are heroes in every aisle keeping the nation fed. Any data that supports the strong continuance of these businesses is well worth sharing. In this article, I’ll provide results from 900 data points I pulled while analyzing the top local-pack-ranked grocery store in each of the 50 US capital cities. I’ll also summarize the practical tactics I’ve learned from listening to grocers and their marketers, highlighting how they’re adapting and succeeding in unprecedented times. It’s my hope that both in-house and agency grocery marketers will …

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How Walmart+, Target Shipt, and Instacart Express stack up against Prime

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In the COVID era, it’s all about delivery—and Target, Walmart, and others are coming for Amazon’s share of the market. Since Amazon Prime debuted in 2005, retailers have been scrambling to match its convenience—but never more urgently than during the pandemic, as consumers moved to shopping online. In September, Walmart introduced Walmart+, a membership that offers same-day delivery using stores as hubs. Target purchased delivery service Shipt in 2017 and rolled it out at its 1,800 locations, plus other retail partners. In 2019, e-commerce logistics company Shopify debuted a $1 billion fulfillment network to give merchants two-day shipping capability. Read Full Story

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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My 8 Best Local SEO Tips for the 2020 Holidays

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: DoSchu “No place like home for the holidays.” This will be the refrain for the majority of your customers as we reach 2020’s peak shopping season. I can’t think of another year in which it’s been more important for local businesses to plan and implement a seasonal marketing strategy extra early, to connect up with customers who will be traveling less and seeking ways to celebrate at home. Recently, it’s become trendy in multiple countries to try to capture the old Danish spirit of hygge , which the OED defines as: A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. While this sometimes-elusive state of being isn’t something you can buy direct from a store, and while some shoppers are still unfamiliar with hygge by name, many will be trying to create it at home this year. …

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Amazon’s healthcare push is a threat—and an opportunity—for the industry

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The e-commerce giant recently announced a huge healthcare expansion. The rest of the industry will have to build more seamless, user-focused experiences to compete. That Amazon Prime membership could soon come with a free same-day doctor’s appointment. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that we need a robust digital healthcare system that extends from the doctor’s office into the home—and the e-commerce Goliath just jumped into the ring prepared to win it all. Read Full Story

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How to Start an Online Store

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Are you planning to launch an online store? Your timing couldn’t be better. The ongoing pandemic has caused online shopping to soar , with most people staying home. But that doesn’t take away the challenges involved in launching an online store, especially if you don’t have any ecommerce experience. Where do I begin? What can I sell? Where do I source your products from? How do I create an online store? Wait, I’ll need a web host, too? So many questions! Don’t worry, though—I have you covered. In this article, I’ll give you a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you launch your first online store, making sure you avoid making common and not-so-common mistakes and get your site up and running ASAP. Are you ready? Let’s begin! Your 2-Minute …

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Best Dropshipping Companies

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. It’s no secret that the ecommerce industry has been booming. As those trends continue to climb, the dropshipping market is following the same trajectory. Dropshipping makes it possible for anyone to run an ecommerce shop without having to purchase, store, or ship inventory. Essentially, you can operate an ecommerce site from your couch without ever touching the products you’re selling. But in order to do this successfully, you’ll need to find a dropshipping company to handle the logistics of fulfilling orders. Whether you have an existing ecommerce business or you’re new to selling online, this guide will help you find the best dropshipping company for your unique needs. Continue below to learn more about my top recommendations and strategy for evaluating different options. The Top 7 Options For Dropshipping …

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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