Kroger ClickList Versus Walmart Grocery

Kroger ClickList Versus Walmart Grocery

A comparison of both services.
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Being a mom constantly on the go, grocery shopping is something I dread. The last thing I want to do with two kids three and under is grocery shopping. A normal one hour trip for a week’s worth of groceries can take up to two hours with kids. Between reading labels, fighting kids and only half paying attention to the grocery list, you can see how it could take that long. Earlier this year, Kroger rolled out their new program called “ClickList” where you can order your groceries online and pick them up during your designated time. Walmart, being a huge competitor to Kroger, has rolled out their own grocery pick up called “Walmart Grocery”. Here are some of the pros and cons to both.

First, let’s cut to the chase and talk about money. Kroger does charge a small fee for their ClickList. At $4.95 for every time, the price can add up over the year. However, the first three ClickLists are free and the website keeps track of it. They are really good at sending out coupons in the mail for $10 off, so it balances out. Walmart, on the other hand, doesn’t charge a fee at all. They don’t accept coupons. The prices of their actual products do vary, so while something might be cheaper at Walmart, there could be other things cheaper at Kroger. I suggest checking all ads before deciding which store to go with. When comparing my monthly budget, I did notice that I spent almost the same at Walmart as I did with Kroger. The price difference was only by a few dollars. One major difference between the two stores – Walmart charges you the second you submit your order and at Kroger, you pay when you pick up.

Another thing that I take into consideration is time. Since we have lived in Murfreesboro, I have used Kroger for almost all of our grocery needs. Their store is located ten minutes from my house versus fifteen to twenty to make it to Walmart. I have never spent more than ten minutes at Kroger for any given pickup. That includes calling them upon arrival and the employee loading the groceries in the car. My trip to Walmart did take a bit longer, around thirty minutes, but with the newness of the program, that should improve with time. Another thing to know about both of these programs is that Kroger is only for next day or later, while Walmart offers same day or later.

As with every shopping experience, the customer service is equally important as time and money and can usually make or break any shopping experience. As an avid Kroger shopper, I was a bit surprised at the customer service provided by both stores. I have never actually had a problem with Kroger’s customer service. They are always happy, cheerful and very helpful and knowledgeable with their products. Anytime any of the products are out of stock and Kroger has to substitute it, they give you a better product at the cheaper price, and they always make a note of it when they bring the groceries out to you. Turns out, Walmart does the exact same thing. My trip to Walmart actually impressed me. The employee that brought out my groceries was much nicer, personable and knowledgeable than any of the Kroger employees I’ve had in the past few months. He even brought out a bucket full of candy so I could give my kids a piece of candy for the wait. That made both of my kids happy and satisfied for the trip.

The last thing I take into consideration is how easy it is to get the service. The websites are set up completely different for the stores. Kroger’s ClickList does not work well on mobile at all, where Walmart’s does pretty well mobile. I prefer the Kroger website because the load times seem quicker than Walmart’s. However, Walmart’s layout on their website goes smoother. They have different categories and subcategories like you would see walking through the store itself. Another thing I liked more about Walmart was that when you pull into the store, they have actual directions towards the pickup area. Arrows are painted on the pavement and there is a designated parking lane with at least five parking spots for pick up. Kroger has a designated area with three parking spots for pickup. They have signs, but no arrows or any other information designating the area.

Overall, while I am a big fan of Kroger products, I had a better experience using Walmart’s service. Everything from their website to their price beat out Kroger, which is surprising to me. They are rolling out the program at more locations every month, so make sure you check out their website to see if they have a store near you. Another pro for Walmart is that they offer a 10-10-10 reward. You can refer up to ten friends and get yourself $10 off for every referral and your referral gets $10 off as well!

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A Tribute To The RTS Bus

As New York prepares to retire its longest-running and most unique transit buses, it's worth taking a look at how they have become icons of the city.

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Later this year or early next year, NYC will say goodbye to one of its most recognizable transportation icons. Although few New Yorkers know them by name, almost every New Yorker has seen and rode on one of them. Since they debuted in 1981, the classic Rapid Transit Series (RTS) buses have transported New Yorkers over 2 billion miles on almost every bus route in the city. With their distinctive design and legendary reliability, they have become not just an icon, but a symbol, of the MTA and NYC in general.

A RTS bus in service in Manhattan during rush hour.Greg Huang

If you're a typical transit rider, you probably take bus riding and buses in general for granted. Virtually all of my friends see a bus as a bus and not much else. I hate to say this, but in the 21st century, they actually have a point. Go to any American city and most of the buses you'll find are literally boxes on wheels. Styling is sacrificed for economics. Ride comfort is sacrificed for accessibility. A bus could literally bring a sense of guilt to its occupants—it's as if they have no other choice but to ride in that flavorless, boring box.

Many modern transit buses are boxes on wheels, with minimal styling.Greg Huang

However, the RTS is anything but a box on wheels. It was born in the 1970s, when the USDOT was pushing bus manufacturers to design a "bus of the future". Back then, public transit was not frowned upon like the way it is today, and the futurism of the space age was a recent memory. Out of this environment, General Motors designed a bus that was groundbreaking yet controversial, and futuristic yet practical. And with that, the RTS made its debut to the world in 1977.

The RTS was revolutionary when it debuted in 1977. i1.wp.com

With its sloped front end, curved side windows, smooth bodywork, and modular design, the RTS was quite unlike anything else on the road at the time. Its styling was so radical, in fact, that GM had to offer the more utilitarian Classic alongside it. In addition to its futuristic styling, the RTS also boasted state-of-the-art amenities, including a "kneeling" feature, automatic temperature control, and an optional wheelchair lift.

In addition to the sleek design, the RTS came with multiple state-of-the-art features. farm8.static.flickr.com

In the four decades since, the RTS has served almost every city across America. But in New York, it not only fulfilled its mission, but it did so with flying colors. Between 1981 and 1999, the MTA ordered over 4,000 RTS buses, and at its peak, the RTS made up almost 90% of NYC's bus fleet. The RTS stood out not only to commuters, but also to the MTA itself. Among buses purchased in the same year, the RTS was always the last to be retired. Many individual RTS buses ran for over 20 years in service, when the average transit bus lifespan is 12 to 16 years. And two decades of carrying passengers in NYC is no walk in the park. For two decades, these buses transported New Yorkers in stop-and-go traffic and on long and fast express routes, and through freezing cold and scorching heat, through rain, snow and sleet, and everything in between. Frank Sinatra said that if you could make it in New York, you could make it anywhere. The RTS not only made it in New York, it found its home here.

A 1996 RTS bus, still running strong in 2018 after 22 years of service. Greg Huang

Four decades later, the RTS has largely been replaced by newer "low floor" buses, both in New York and elsewhere. In New York, the once 4,000 strong fleet is now down to about 200 buses. However, the design is still unmistakable. The unique curved side windows give the illusion of flying in an airplane, and make the bus feel open and airy. The once-futuristic bodywork is the perfect antithesis of the modern boxes on wheels, and the once state-of-the-art amenities have become standard. While modern transit buses emphasize practicality over style, GM amazingly integrated both within the same bus. Today, the RTS bus is not just classic, it's iconic. It represents an era when bus transportation was more glorious. It represents the future as seen from the past.

New York will never be the same without the RTS. It is to NYC as the Routemaster double-decker bus is to London. In other words, they are inseparable. And before NYC and the RTS separate for good, may New Yorkers and visitors to New York appreciate and admire these remarkable buses one final time.

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