Zoomin’ online grocery review (WIN!)

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review in any way. I just think it’s a really cool place that I will use frequently. I did get a tour of the facility so I could take pictures and tell you about it.

A few weeks ago I caught a small blurb in the paper that an online grocery had opened just a few miles from my house. I immediately found the story online and shared it with all my Facebook friends.

THIS IS A MOM’S DREAM! I wrote.

Grocery shopping with one kiddo is totally doable. Grocery shopping with two kids is marginal. Grocery shopping with (my) three kids is 100% impossible. Baby C is trying to hurl himself out of the cart. Carter is stockpiling the Lucky Charms underneath so I can’t see them while simultaneously opening 15 packages of gum. Kate, while older and wiser, complains if we take more than three minutes for the whole shopping trip. I never get everything I need and I always get a million things I don’t need.

Online grocery shopping? Drive-thru pick up? Yes, please.

I got a chance to check out Zoomin’ last week. I’ve never experienced a grocery store where you don’t actually walk in and shop, so I wondered how it worked. It’s actually pretty cool.

exterior doors

You do your shopping online using simple and user-friendly interface. Add it all to your cart — from baby food to basil, from lotion to lettuce — it’s all there. Then you select when you’d like to pick your order up. Need it in an hour? No problem. Need it next week? Fine.

Your order comes in to Zoomin’ and one of the friendly “pickers” grabs a scanner and a basket and goes to town.
basket and scanner

The place is pretty big, but it doesn’t have to look all fancy like a grocery store because, you know, nobody’s shopping inside. Still it’s neat and tidy and the shelves are organized.
aisles 2

The picker grabs everything you need.
picker

Including the refrigerated and frozen stuff. (And that freezer is COLD!)
refrig

And packages it all together for you, right before you need it. They do one final quality check before you arrive, making sure your produce looks good etc.

When you arrive, you just pull up to a kiosk and input your code. They assign you to a stall where someone walks out and delivers your groceries.
stall

And it’s that simple. There are no extra charges. The prices are similar to grocery stores around town — they are not inflated. And they’re always open to product requests. One of the gals I shopped with requested a specific kind of yogurt and the owner agreed to order it and try it out.

Zoomin’ is a local business, extremely vested in customer satisfaction — they really want you to be happy. And on that note, they’re offering one of you a $100 shopping spree to try them out. Anytime! (You need to live in or near the Kansas City area to be able to use this.)

To win the $100 shopping trip, leave a comment below telling me whether you’ve ever shopped for groceries online. If not, what’s your biggest question/concern/hang-up about it?

One comment per email address. All entries must be in by Wednesday, June 4 at 11:59pm cdt. I’ll randomly draw a winner and announce on Thursday, June 5! Good Luck!

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Comments

  1. Natalie Keylon says:

    Lyndsey- well, I have to comment as a blog follower, I loved your scoop on Zoomin! It is a place I will absolutely use, especially over summer with kids off school. I personally hate to taking my kids into stores with me. It always ends up with complaining kids, items I don’t want, and is generally a frazzling event.

    I have shopped for groceries several times online. I ordered from ACME (A big east coast store chain) both times after my children were born, as it was so hard to get out of the house with a newborn. And then also during a very busy work time for me when I had a weekly delivery automatically come as I just didn’t want to deal with one more thing on my plate.

    I have also ordered favorite staples from Soap.com and Amazon.com and enjoyed that I could click and specifically get the type of health food or baking item that I wanted without a long isle by isle search or, forgetting it all together when I frantically run into a store.

    I look forward to zooming through many things in life, so Zoomin online grocery store sounds awesome!!

  2. Whitney Claycamp says:

    Ever since having my first child, I dreamed of a grocery store where you could drive through for just a few things. I thought while you drive through to pick up prescriptions that maybe you could ask them to throw in a gallon of milk too. :) I completely avoid the grocery store while toting the kids because, like you, I always end up with many things I don’t actually need or forget to get the things I stopped to purchase. I get too distracted by constantly telling the kids, “not today” on everything they decide they just have to buy. I do like to compare prices, so it will be interesting to see how the prices do compare with other local stores. I think this grocery store sounds like a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. m thomas says:

    We used to online shop out east all the time. The only concerns I had with it were the quality of the produce. And I couldn’t get fresh deli meat. I’d love to try Zoomin!

  4. belindagreen says:

    I didn’t even know about this! I’d have NO hesitations about using it! Sign me up (I’ll be there regardless)

  5. mamalewis14 says:

    This is genius. Can you get organic stuff? That would be my only concern. Thanks for letting me know about it — I’ll definitely give it a try!

  6. jenthompson014 says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s about time!!! Im so happy to hear about this place (but selfishly wish it were in Overland Park). I will absolutely try them and don’t have any reservations at all. The only thing I’m not sure about is that sometimes I figure out what I’m making for the week while I’m browsing the store. What’s on sale, what looks good etc. So this will force me to be more prepared with a list.

  7. madaline walter says:

    Hallelujah for Zoomin, a grocery store committed to improving the quality of life for their customers…no more tedious check out lines, corralling kids while shopping, or waiting for indecisive shoppers to make their selection or step aside so you can proceed.

  8. Melissa says:

    I tried it for the first time a week ago and loved it. The guy who brought out my groceries was so nice. Plus, as a mom of a newborn and a toddler, less time in the store is better. A free cookie will only hold off meltdowns for so long.

  9. Jenn Larsen says:

    I shop amazon for grocries but can’t wait to shop online fresh and local!

  10. I have so wanted to try Zoomin!!!
    I have never tried shopping online for groceries, but this concept is just genius. It is so convenient, and would definitely decrease the extra “impulse buys” thaat I always end up doing when shopping with kids.
    We actually live close-by. Thank you for the inside glimpse!

  11. I love this idea! Like you said, shopping with children is sometimes impossible and I always end up with more than I intended to buy. I am going to give it a try.

  12. Jessica says:

    I’ve never shopped for perishable food online. I have been hesitant because I can’t pick out the produce I want (can’t thump the watermelons, for example!). I will probably give it a try soon, though!

    • Sugar Mama says:

      Jessica, I was pretty impressed with how well they quality check the produce before they bring it to you. :-)

  13. Andrew Niemi says:

    This store is absolutely brilliant for so many reasons, I can’t wait to place my order. A little far away for most, but worth it if I have a lot of shopping. Perfect for handicapped, elderly, families with kiddos (like mine), or if you just plain ole don’t want to run into the store yourself. It seems like everytime you go to the store and don’t want to run into anyone like after you’ve been to the gym – you run into someone. Perfect!

  14. I have always had a hard time planning meals prior to walking down the grocery store isles. I am more see it and grab it kind of planner. Maybe Zoomin could have pretty pictures of meals and I could click on that meal and they would add all the ingredients to my shopping cart! Otherwise love the concept because its amazing how much stuff gets added to the carts by the kids!

  15. Dawn Kuhn says:

    I have used Zoomin 3 or 4 times already. They are awesome. There was a problem with one thing I had and they not only credited my account but gave me a gift code as well. They have everything I need and are prompt, courteous, as well as efficient. I am very lucky that I live very closeby as well. I hope they build and are successful in other markets. It is an awesome concept.

  16. Other than Amazon,, not much shopping online. We tried zoomin for like 3 things a week ago that my husband could pull in and get on his way home from work. But, I need to do some more shopping :)

  17. May Davis says:

    I hate hate hate grocery shopping, especially with kids so I love Zoomin Market! I’ve been a few times now and there are so many advantages.
    1. I don’t have to push around a ginormous “car cart” for an hour with two kids asking “How much longer, Mooooom?”
    2. Seriously reduced impulse buys – I usually check their specials and sometime I grab a little something extra because its on sale but not like when I’m at the supermarket.
    3. I can put together an order and have my husband swing by on his way home from work.
    I honestly don’t know why this concept hasn’t been done already. Its one of those simple, brilliant ideas that you wish you had thought of first!

  18. Amy Nguyen says:

    Perfect!! The top selling point is $$.. if you don’t go in (with Kiddos in tow), You will not end up with sticker shock from all the useless items you threw in your cart!! Convenience is Key!! Sounds like a miracle to drop by when the weather is bad …PERFECT!!

  19. I’ve tried Zoomin and loved it!! My kids thought it was the best way to get groceries; they hate shopping! I love it and plan to go there often!

  20. Annie Weddle says:

    I tried Price Choppers express service in Stanley and really liked it. Although you have to pay $10 (if I recall – first time was free) for the express service. Ordering was easy, pick up was simple. Fruit/veggie selection was okay – although we’re picky. If there is no additional service fee with Zoomin – would like to try it!

  21. I have heard about Zoomin, with 2 kids this sounds like a win! I am making my next shopping trip here.

  22. Sasha Fritzel says:

    I have purchased produce boxes to be delivered to my doorstep… but I’ve never shopped online and picked things up! I keep driving by Zoomin and thinking “I really need to go there.” And I do… it’s right on my way home from work!

  23. Amanda W. says:

    I haven’t shopped for anything besides amazon purchases. Planning in placing an order soon. It is such a brilliant concept. And I agree that a meal idea with a quick link would be a great addition.

  24. We would love this down the street from our house to pick
    Up SHATTO milk when we are out! Wish it was closer to us but might be worth the short drive if having a bad day with the kids or to send the hubby on the way home from work! :)

  25. I have used Zoomin quite a few times since I had my third child 2 months ago and had an unexpected C-section. I love the ease, simplicity, friendly staff and great quality. My hang up with using it all the time is that although it’s difficult to take three kids to the store, how else are my kids going to learn to behave in public and all the other things going to the store with Mom teaches?

  26. I had not heard of this, but I think its a terrific idea! I spend so much on “extra” stuff that I just grab (and usually end of wasting);…I like that this would make me plan out my meals better.

    I’d definitely give it a try!! Thanks for the info!

  27. I’ve shopped at Zoomin 3 times already. I love it. I have a 4 and a 1 year old. It is very convenient for my family’s lifestyle. Although they don’t carry everything I’m looking for, my trips to an actual grocery store have lessened greatly. I use Emeals for my meal planning. Being able to pick my groceries online while planning my meals makes my family’s and my life easier. I was hesitant on buying produce and meats at first but went ahead and tried it anyway. The produce and meats were better than I had expected. Some were even better quality than what I can purchase at a grocery store. There was a mix up with one of my bags the last time I went to Zoomin. I called them and was willing to drive back to get my correct bag, and they were willing to deliver my missed groceries! They were at my house within 30 min and the gentleman was very friendly. Zoomin will continue to be a place to go on my list!!

  28. Nicole Oehme says:

    Lindsay, that sounds awesome! I hate dragging the kids to the store so this is genius!! I think it might also be good for busy working people, elderly, or someone not feeling well. Good for anyone :)

  29. Donna Weddle says:

    Wish we had this here in OKC–I would definitely give it a go!

  30. Tiffany Long says:

    I tried this place thinking it was a novel idea… And am now addicted! I don’t buy everything from them, but they’re great for frozen, pantry & (surprisingly) produce!

  31. I’ve shopped before with Amazon, but WOW!!! Zoomin Market… such a fantastic time-saving idea! I truly can’t wait to try it!!!

  32. Heather says:

    I have used Zoomin and I was surprisingly pleased. I plan on using them again as my life is super busy as a single mom, who works and has a kid that keeps busy with sport practices and games. This was such a good idea because all of us moms never seem to have enough time in our lives to get everything done.

  33. Heather harper says:

    Thanks for doing this! It is right by my house but I have not tried it yet because I thought I would pay double for the convenience.

  34. Nikole Liles says:

    I LOVE Zoomin! I live 20 mins away but with two kids 2 and under it is worth the drive. I have saved money because I don’t buy any extras. It also forces me to look through the fridge and pantry to put together a list. Everyone there has been so friendly, they even have my dog a treat!

  35. I work during the days, and my wife works the evenings. Having two you kids means it’s easier to shop at a place like Zoom-In Market than going inside a traditional grocery store.

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