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where to shop for groceries/household items online

Where is it best to shop online for groceries (not necessarily fresh produce though ) and household items for home delivery in terms of delivery charges, quality of products, ease of shopping.
We heard of micros and coop but at first glance it seems that their charges are extraordinary. Where we come from its either a flat fee for delivery or free after certain amount purchased.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

I take it that you are no longer in New York?
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

We will be regularly visiting Switzerland from now on so convenience of delivery to home would be so important to us.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

You will pay an "extraordinary" fee everywhere here. It's Switzerland after all.

Food-wise, not much choice other than the usual, not for general groceries anyway (specialty stuff is another matter). There's a Migros or Coop at every corner, and Switzerland is small, so the time investment to get to one is 15mins tops. Not sure how online shopping is more convenient than just quickly dropping by a store, but of course that's up to you.

What do you mean by "household items"? Small items like laundry detergent and stuff?
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

This will not be the last culture shock you're faced with, by any means. Even getting pizza delivered is a relatively new concept, and virtually unknown outside of the central areas of the big cities. You're coming from a place where convenience, and perceived value (i.e. cheapness ) is all, to somewhere that people think it's fair to pay waiting staff a proper decent living wage and are prepared to pay apparently astronomical prices as a result.

That's just one example, but the mindset is similar in many different areas. Shop opening hours are another one that will leave you flabbergasted when you've run out of beer at ten in the evening or on a Sunday. Be prepared for a steep learning curve, and read all the old threads on here that you can. They won't help, but may give you some idea of what you're in for.
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That's just one example, but the mindset is similar in many different areas. Shop opening hours are another one that will leave you flabbergasted when you've run out of beer at ten in the evening or on a Sunday.
At least you can buy beer at the gas station here Contrary to some other countries I know (not US)
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Thank you, very helpful.

actually, a follow up please. do you know if migros/coop leave items at the door if no one is home? on our first day we may arrive after they attempt to deliver...

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actually, a follow up please. do you know if migros/coop leave items at the door if no one is home? on our first day we may arrive after they attempt to deliver...
The Migros Le Shop FAQ #5 Lieferung should answer your question:

https://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do...ELP_FAQ_MEMBER


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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

Thank you very much!
I noticed that there is not much in terms of organic household items (detergents etc), even something basic like castille soap. Neither gluten free options are vast (basic bread). Where can these items be bought, if at all?
One caveat, the closest shopping for us will be Brunnen (or may be airport in Zurich ) and with a small baby we need to be time-weary, so no long shopping tours for us for now.
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The Migros Le Shop FAQ #5 Lieferung should answer your question:

https://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do...ELP_FAQ_MEMBER


Just to add: Leshop has quite often 10% discounts, which you can think of as not paying the delivery fee.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

You can get gluten free products (and I think Ecover detergents) at reformhaus stores, e.g. Müller reformhaus.
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The Migros Le Shop FAQ #5 Lieferung should answer your question:

https://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do...ELP_FAQ_MEMBER


Also the coop delivery terms are available in English, and you can state whether a delivery may be left outside the door if you're not at home. For Deliveries over CHF 200.00, the usual CHF 20.00 delivery fee is usually waived through various offers. I find the service extremely punctual, reliable and good when I need it. Didn't make such a good experience with the Migros alternative, which is delivered by normal post.

https://www.coopathome.ch/
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

You can dilute the fees by making big orders and stocking up, you order more than 200 CHF which is a normal shopping day for a small family and you pay 7.90 of delivery, doesn't sound too bad.
Some shops have home delivery at the local level but only for elderly people.
Not sure what you mean by "time-weary", you can bring your baby to the shop as well.
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Not in ticino, there are tons of these and they've been there for years.
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Thank you, very helpful.

actually, a follow up please. do you know if migros/coop leave items at the door if no one is home? on our first day we may arrive after they attempt to deliver...
No experience of Migros, but Coop will leave stuff on the door step if you indicate you want them to do so and pay by credit card.

As for charges, I got a delivery of CHF350 yesterday and the charges were CHF9, which I'm OK with.
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Thank you, very helpful.

actually, a follow up please. do you know if migros/coop leave items at the door if no one is home? on our first day we may arrive after they attempt to deliver...
If you've not moved in yet, your name may not be on the letterbox. If it is not, they won't deliver it (even though it's the right street address.) Nobody will. Names on letterboxes are a huge deal here.

I wouldn't risk it myself. Grab something simple for your first 24 hours - from the airport, a convenience store in a train station, a gas station if you're driving. Potatoes for example are ubiquitous and naturally gluten free. Or order pizza... contrary to Ace1 the concept is quite well known in rural CH, at least round these parts... although that won't be gluten free.

Good luck! If you tell us where you're traveling to and what means of transport, we can help you with more concrete suggestions of where to do that initial shop.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

Just to add my 2 Rappen...I would wait on placing any big online orders until you're here and can see what your local shops offer. All of our local shops mark down items on the sell-by date (which is not always the expiry date) by 25% early in the day. Later in the day that ups to 50% off. Because we like to shop after work we often save a bundle. Some days every item in our cart is marked 50% off!

This does mean we do a handful of small shops each week instead of one big shop, and we don't really do weekly meal-planning. Might be more complicated for you depending on where you live and whether or not you have to use public transport.

Also it's handy to know how much storage space you have before you order half the store. Refrigerators here are generally small with tiny freezer compartments. We have a spare freezer in the cellar so we can actually buy more than 1 pizza at a time.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

Migros/Leshop has also some delivery points (even some post offices might be on the list). You may check if any of them is convinient for you.
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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

Thank you. it's Gersau. as far as I know shopping is in Brunnen. while I am confident transportation is superb, it will be very novel for us to take bus to shop. more importantly I want to make it smooth on arrival.
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Thank you. it's Gersau. as far as I know shopping is in Brunnen. while I am confident transportation is superb, it will be very novel for us to take bus to shop. more importantly I want to make it smooth on arrival.
Ah, Gersau! I thought maybe you were halfway up a mountain somewhere.

There's a grocery store in Gersau itself - not a huge one but should definitely have most of your daily needs including some fresh produce. It's called "Volg", it's right in the middle of town (address is Bachstrasse 4 if you want to have a look on the map), and it's open 7am-7pm, 6 days a week.

Also a little deli ("Milchladä Gersau" - primarily a dairy / cheese shop, but they seem to have sausage etc. as well) round the corner from that, Dorfstrasse 25.

And the pizzeria down by the lakefront does takeout, although admittedly not delivery:
http://alporto-gersau.ch/
Here are a couple places from nearby towns which do deliver to Gersau:
http://www.eat.ch/restaurants.php?plz=6442&cuisine=

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Re: where to shop for groceries/household items online

Thank you, this was an immensely helpful advice.
How do we put our names on the box? I guess it's just a matter of someone just putting a piece of paper?
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