The current covid-19 pandemic has caused many areas around the world going into lockdown to restrict people from freely going out and mingling to curb the spread of the virus. Even in areas not under lockdown, people are staying at home in order to socially distance themselves to protect themselves from getting sick. That means that there’s a large number of people who can’t or won’t go out to shop for necessities, but they can’t go without them either.
Enter the online shopping apps available in abundance. But not all of these are built equal. Some are undeniably better than others at providing these services even in times like these. So how is someone, who’s new to online shopping, supposed to know what mobile app is best for ordering the required essentials online? Well, we have compiled a list of the best apps that you can use to get all your essentials delivered while within the safety of your home. The top nine apps for your online shopping needs, in order of popularity are:
Amazon is the top online marketplace around the world and especially in the USA, and are known for their excellent shopping experience and services. Their mobile app is light and responsive, boasting a wide range of inventory to order from, such as on-demand videos, electronic devices, furniture, clothing etc. The searches can be easily filtered for the user’s ease, and they offer multiple payment options when checking out. The user also gets updated about the status of the package at every step, so that you know where your package is at all times.
Walmart is a big chain store in the US, and they boast a huge inventory. The Walmart mobile app offers a very comfortable shopping experience for people from their homes. That is because not only do they offer inventory from their online store, but also allow customers to browse their local in-store inventory as well, which makes it stand out from the other names on this list.
Additional features the app offers are the options to add manufacturer coupon codes on select items, real-time price updating of the shopping cart, and adding items to cart by scanning, writing or speaking the item’s barcode. All in all a truly wonderful app.
Doordash is an on-demand food delivery company that allows user to place a food order via their app, and once the order is placed, a “dasher” is assigned to pick it up and deliver it to the customer. It has become quite popular in recent months, especially since the lockdown.
The app allows you to track your food from the time it is picked up to the time it is delivered to you, allows you to schedule food delivery for a later time, and allows the option to buy a subscription for free deliveries on orders $15 and up.
Uber Eats is a service offered by the Uber ride sharing company, which has a single purpose. This app works similarly to the doordash service, with the uber driver assigned to pick up and deliver your food order. As it is a subsidy of Uber, it has been readily adopted as their food delivery service of choice.
BestBuy is one of the oldest consumer electronics store in the United States. It contains a wide array of electronic items such TVs, refrigerators and many other such appliances.
Their android app allows you to easily shop for items, and get them delivered directly to your home or to a nearby BestBuy store for pickup. The app is quite intuitive, even for first time users, and is quite popular.
Another big chain store, they have an extensive inventory of everything you need. While similar to other online shopping apps, they allow contactless delivery where you have the option to opt for same day delivery, or drive up where you drive up to the store and they will load your car up with your items.
Instacart allows you get fresh produce and other groceries and necessities delivered to you via same day delivery, or for curb-side pickup at your local store, where they will shop for you, and you can drive up to pick up the finalized order. Another popular app for people wanting fresh produce and other groceries delivered from stores they usually shop at, instead of ordering from unknown stores online.
Whole Foods caters to the users of organic produce and vegan/vegetarian food items. While the niche is quite exclusive, the rise in vegan/vegetarian lifestyles in the recent years have allowed them to have a large and loyal clientele. As a subsidy of Amazon, it allows the user to connect it with their Prime account in order to avail different deals. The app also features the option of contactless delivery the same day as you order it.
Wish is a very popular shopping site, which offers all manner of items like clothing, electronics, and many other items at a substantial discount. Their mobile application, available for both iOS and android, has gained great reviews for the simplistic UI and the easily understood functions of the app, which allows users to connect to sellers directly or suggest different items to their friends and family.
In short, there are a lot of companies out there offering online shopping to their users, with many using top app development firms to develop apps for their businesses in order to allow customers to order easily via mobile app rather than visiting websites to place orders. Advancements in android app development and iOS app development to allow for more options and increasingly secure modes of payment has allowed companies to offer their users the freedom to opt for the payment option of their choice. We hope that more and more stores will go the online and the mobile app route, which has shown itself to be the next tier of shopping experience.