Save Time, Gas, and Money By Training Your Grocery Store

by The Happy Rock on June 3, 2008

grocery-store-aisle.jpgFor those of us lucky enough to have multiple grocery stores around, we usually end up with a favorite store. The frustrating part is that your favorite store doesn’t carry the exact item that you can get at other stores. I used to make quick trips to the other store for the one or two essentials that we couldn’t get at our main grocery store. I constantly wished that my main grocery store would realize how popular the item would be if they just carried. The thing is, stores would love more product feedback to help their buying decisions along, so why not help both parties and request your favorite items in store to a manager or through their web contact pages.

I wish I had done it sooner but I finally got to the point where I moved from complaining to action. Being the introvert that I am I loaded my the Shop-Rite contact page and requested that they carry our favorite bread. I clearly explained the product, the manufacturing company, and how it would be a popular item. In a week or two I got a response thanking me for the recommendation and that a manager would look into it. I had forgotten about it until two months later when the bread I wanted showed up on their selves! I was quite proud of myself, who knew I could have that much control. Hopefully I helped the store sell more product and at the same time saved the gas and time it took to stop at another grocery store.

I am now 3 for 3 after trying it recently with our new favorite grocery store Wegman’s. I requested Newman’s Own Light Honey Mustard Dressing and Martins’ Whole Wheat Potato Bread; they were on the self in a couple of weeks. Other than occasionally traveling to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’, two semi-local healthier grocery stores, I make one trip to the grocery store a week! Lots of time, gas, and money saved!

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PT June 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Cool idea. Never thought to do that.


AndyS June 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Great article and I recently discovered Wegman’s myself – great store and so big! It saves on gas but with so much interesting stuff I probably stray too much from my shopping list. Also, per a recent post, shops are also using new ways to get more customers with instore shopping list specific coupons you can get via your mobile phone. This along with the items you mentioned just show how far stores are going to attract customers in these tough economic times.


The Happy Rock June 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm

@AndyS – I hadn’t heard about the cell phone thing yet, but I knew stores had that in the works for a while. I agree is the Wegman’s is too big and poorly designed, but they have a better mix of products and pricing than other stores. If you take a list, you probably won’t get distracted. I just get annoyed by all the extras, because the interfere with my shopping experience.


Scott July 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm


I was unsure that this was possible lol.

Do the big name grocery stores take considerations as well?

I know that I usually end up going to one grocery store for something and then another for something else which is a pain in the neck.



Eugene Chuang Garg July 19, 2008 at 6:42 am

Yes that is a good way to avoid going to several shops. Also had my shop take up the shaver blades I use. Customer is king…


The Seo Blog December 21, 2008 at 6:36 am

Nice post. Have added you on RSS to keep myself updated.


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