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"Haven't tried it yet? You probably expect to be either dazzled (groceries, without ever getting into the car, in as little as an hour, hurrah) or disappointed (out-of-stock items, hard-to-navigate websites, higher prices or, gasp, bruised apples).

It turns out not all online grocers are the same; they're as varied as brick-and-mortar markets and offer distinct shopping experiences and products. Looking for a foodie site with pretty pictures and artisan goods? Superstore with more than half a million items and fast delivery? Convenience mart with the option of organic vegetables? Or do you just need someone to run to the nearest Trader Joe's for your favorite Trader Jacques Fleur de Sel Caramels?

In the last year, companies both large and indie have emerged in the L.A. market: AmazonFresh, Instacart, Good Eggs, Deliveer, Kale Cart and SPUD, in addition to some already established services (, for example). Not to mention grocery store chains such as Wal-Mart and Google are testing the same waters.

Expect more. Online grocery services generated sales of more than $6 billion in 2012 (still just a fraction of the $1-trillion grocery market), according to Forrester Research. That number is expected to increase to $9.47 billion in 2017, with more than 2,000 services in the U.S."

Source: Betty Hallock, A Cartful of Online Grocery Choices, LA Times, June 14, 2014.

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Last Updated : Wednesday, January 25, 2017