Qatar’s E-grocery shopping shows rapid growth

  • 2 months   ago
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People prefer online shopping not only due to pandemic times but also to avoid traffic, parking  and the hot weather. 
 
The online grocery market in Qatar has grown in leaps and bounds since the outbreak of the Coronavirus with other specialized food delivery platforms pivoting to offer groceries to meet the unprecedented rise in demand.
 
It is not surprising that people nowadays prefer to do their shopping from the comfort of their homes mainly due to the pandemic times, apart from a busy schedule, not wanting to deal with traffic and parking problems or even the hot humid weather. 
 
Pandemic times notwithstanding, grocery delivery service has gained immense popularity in Qatar and several online grocery stores have emerged to meet the rising demand with various items on offer, branded and unbranded, to suit one’s budget. 
 
 
Wamda - a media, community development, research, corporate and government advisory organization has mapped the main e-grocery players across the Middle East and North Africa region including Qatar with the following segments:
 
Pure Play representing online-enabled grocery players which handles most, if not all the logistics of the value chain from farm to consumer has Clickmart, Markit and mytrolley in its list. 
 
Omnichannel that basically offers existing offline supermarkets with online grocery capabilities with names like Better life, Spinneys and Carrefour and finally the Marketplace which fulfills consumer orders based on partnerships with local convenience stores and supermarkets contains brands like instaShop, totters and makhazem.
 
Below is a list of the most popular grocery delivery services in Qatar:
 

QT Souq

QT-SOUQ delivers to your doorstep within 12-24 hours thru its ‘Stay Home Stay Free’ service for groceries, food and medicines to help combat Covid19.
 
The platform is available as a website and mobile application.  With more than 150 listed stores and 5000 products the pricing is much lesser than most other online stores apart from regular promotional discounts/offers including ‘Deal of the Day’. 
 
All you need to do is select the product you want to buy, order it and wait for it to get delivered within the promised period. Payments can be made by cash or through credit or debit cards. www.qt-souq.com

SUNCART’s motto is ‘happiness delivered’ and delivers all kinds of grocery items direct to your home and payment is through cash, Qatari credit cards or international credit/debit cards.www.suncart.co
 
CARREFOUR QATAR has become a go-to grocery ordering and delivery solution and has different rates for deliveries. You can also earn points through the MyCLUB app. https://www.carrefourqatar.com/
 
TALABAT is a pioneer online food delivery platform their customer operations run 24/7 with delivery charge is QR 10 https://www.talabat.com/qatar
 
LULU – the popular hypermarket offers home delivery across Qatar with easy simple steps that include browsing the site. Payments options are through credit and debits cards but the hypermarket does not accept Cash on delivery as a payment method. https://www.luluhypermarket.com/
 
BAQAALA brings fresh groceries, fish & meat from stores to your door from over 3,000 products and the delivery charge is QR 5. https://www.baqaala.com/
 
FOODY QATAR delivers across Doha, as well as al Khor, Al Wukair, Al Wakrah, Dakira, Shahaniya https://www.foodyqatar.com/en/list
QFRESH is the online store that offers you fresh fish, meat and dairy at your doorstep and service locations are Al Rayyan and Muaither Aziza, ain Khalid and Al Waab. Email: info@qfreshonline.com
 
The Ministry of Transport and Commuicaitons (MoTC) has introduced an active program titled THEQA that certifies local online merchants based on a set of identified criteria and monitors its member’s adherence to a strict code of conduct.
 
Theqa contributes to an enhanced online user experience with local online merchants and helps increase consumer trust in local online traders. The program also contributes to a decrease in e-Commerce sales leakage to online international merchants and redirects it to the local online market.

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