Taste: E-Groceries

Why go to the supermarket when it will come to you?

Acmemarkets.com
How to: Register free at Acmemarkets.com, choose an available two-hour window for delivery or pickup, and start shopping. Search by item, or browse the virtual aisles. The shopping-list feature is difficult to use.
The selection: The online store has a wider selection than many Acmes.
The delivery: Acme delivers to Philadelphia, its Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey


Acmemarkets.com

How to: Register free at Acmemarkets.com, choose an available two-hour window for delivery or pickup, and start shopping. Search by item, or browse the virtual aisles. The shopping-list feature is difficult to use.
The selection: The online store has a wider selection than many Acmes.
The delivery: Acme delivers to Philadelphia, its Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware, weekdays 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (except Tuesdays till 8 p.m.), and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekends. Next-day delivery available for orders placed before 10 p.m.
The service: Acme has a very good on-time delivery record and easy-to-use online customer service.
The cost: $4.95 for pickup; $9.95 for delivery.

Genuardis.com

How to: Register free at Genuardis.com, choose an available two- or four-hour delivery window, and start shopping. The website’s "express list," which lets you type in your complete list, is the quickest way to go. The "personal shopper" function takes specific requests like “green bananas.”
The selection: The online store has a selection similar to your local Genuardi’s, which is where the merchandise comes from.
The delivery: To Philadelphia and its close suburbs, weekdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Same-day delivery available for orders placed before 9:30 a.m., but delivery times fill up quickly.
The service: Genuardi’s delivers promptly and has easy-to-decipher receipts explaining any substitutions.
The cost: $4.95 to $9.95, depending on size of order and choice of a two- or four-hour delivery window.

The Verdict

Despite the more limited delivery options, Genuardi’s "express list" and "personal shopper" options give it an edge on Acme.