The other day I was out with our daughter but she had to get home for her ‘time slot’ for her online supermarket delivery. “You should try it Mum” she said, “saves a lot of time and so convenient.”
About 40 years ago we moved to a village store and Post Office. Customers would drop their grocery orders in, or phone them through to us, and they would either collect them on their way home from work, or we would deliver at a time to suit them. If they wanted to bulk buy any items, my husband would buy the items from cash and carry and let them have them at a reduced rate.
We seem to have been ahead of our time, albeit without the internet; click and collect; home delivery and buy one get one free offers.
We experienced a number of food shortages during the 70s, including tea, sugar, coffee, flour and toilet rolls. We ensured that our regular customers who spent a certain amount each week (either on a daily or weekly basis) never went short of these items. I think it’s called loyalty reward now.
All those years ago I never thought of ourselves as trendsetters!