How to Start a Popular Online Grocery Store

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  • How to Start a Popular Online Grocery Store

Our generation is dependent on technology for almost everything. Then why grocery shopping should be left behind? To be honest, a few years back, the only outing venue for our working class every weekend, used to be a grocery store. The long billing queues made it worst. But with time technology flipped the coin and changed everything for good. Thanks to the e-commerce industry for making online stores for selling groceries. It saves both time and effort. The common man can now utilize their weekends for more constructive work (or just sleep till noon).

You can't deny that selling grocery online is the new trend in online business. In 2016, online grocery market of India was placed on 5th position in the Asia Pacific region. According to a survey, the Indian grocery retail market is exponentially growing in major cities. The entire value of this online industry will cross $650 billion USD by 2020. So if you wish to start a new online grocery shop, there is no better time than now!

But no matter how promising the stats are, this online genre is different from others. For example, grocery products are perishable; you need to sell things before it’s too late. There are many such challenges you will face in order to run the store successfully.

Listed a few tips that may help you start a blooming and popular grocery business online

1. Decide the delivery region

A true business genius will always find opportunities in the market. After all running a successful grocery store and managing large inventory is not a child's play. In order to make your grocery store successful, you must think like a successful entrepreneur.

If you are planning to start an online grocery shop, then you need to decide which areas it will cater. This crucial decision has to be made based on a lot of factors like social preferences of people who reside in that particular area, their initial response to your online grocery and market competition. You must have an e-commerce solution that can easily analyze leads for you from different areas. It will also support you in gaining an edge over the other local brick stores in the revenue generating areas.

2. Choose an e-commerce platform

Creating an e-commerce website is a major step to set-up your online grocery store. You have two options to proceed with this one. You can either go for the conventional site making the process that will be lengthy and costly. Or you can make a smart move and partner up with an expert e-commerce service provider to save time and money. StoreHippo provides quick e-commerce solutions for your online grocery site. You can easily log into the platform and set up your own store. What’s more, you can choose from their existing theme library or try your hands at designing with the easy drag-drop functionalities and simplified back-end.

3. Set the inventory and list them category wise

Inventory is the soul of any grocery business. You need to have diverse products to attract new customers. And for that, you need a solid inventory management tool. StoreHippo gives you the freedom to list various categories and sub-categories in a multi-tier hierarchy in an organized way for your store. It has unique inventory management tools that will help you in database management with ease and proper flow for finding each product in your grocery store.

4. Find a delivery system

Your business is connected to your customers via delivery services. Make sure you choose a reliable one. It’s so crucial that it can make or break customer relationships. The delivery service you choose should be prompt in the areas where you operate. Go for an e-commerce solution that integrates with your grocery delivery partner. It must have features that update the clients on their order status via text. Some advanced features can also help you track the delivery live. StoreHippo gives you an edge over the others, by providing such competent features to manage your deliveries with ease.

5. Integrate with different vendors

Every business needs expansion at some point in time. To grow your online grocery business, you can either expand your inventory or tie up with vendors who sell products that you wish to add in your store. Make sure your e-commerce platform support multiple seller integrations You may include the multi-seller feature and add sellers or you may also integrate with other stores to promote desired products you want. StoreHippo provides integration with multiple platforms and also provides exclusive admin features to manage all the vendors.

6. Marketing

Your online grocery store needs solid marketing if you want to make it successful. Your store’s online presence must be felt by your target audience. You can go for on-page and off-page SEO of your site. Make sure you also use offline marketing means like distributing flyers banners and coupon pamphlets at local places. Discount and offers are the most tested and used method of marketing. Go for an e-commerce partner that has a dedicated marketing based module for your grocery store. This will help you manage heavy traffic in an organized way. StoreHippo gives you the flexibility to design new offer-banners for your site and also generates discount coupons and vouchers to help you get unique codes. It also helps you differentiate the regular customers from new customers and generate new discount schemes accordingly.

7. Social media presence

Having Social media presence is mandatory for all online businesses. Then why leave our grocery stores. Social media helps you advertise new deals and offers. It also helps you interact with the customers directly and get their feedback. You can introduce a new interactive quiz and games to know the psychology of your target audience and cater to them accordingly. With StoreHippo by your side, social media marketing is a child’s play. StoreHippo integrates with your social media platforms and helps you interact with customers. It even helps you examine the social media analytics and see how many leads got converted and through which platforms.

8. Mobile friendly platform

Online grocery is the new trend for grocery shopping and mobile makes this process easy. M-commerce is the new buzz in the retail industry. This trendy technology has not only simplified things but also made online shopping easy and fun. You don’t even have to open your systems or laptops to shop online nowadays. Mobile does the needful. Plus you can operate it from anywhere, without much hassle. Make sure your grocery store is mobile responsive. Test it on multiple devices to be sure it has an impressive look and feel. StoreHippo offers mobile responsive themes and simplifies the dashboard so that you can operate things easily on mobile itself.

9. Multiple payment options

When it comes to payments, customers look for multiple options. Some are comfortable with payment through their cards while others prefer payment wallets to avail cash-back offers. Look for a platform that provides a flexible yet reliable payment solution. Make sure your grocery store can integrate your site with online payment wallets and payment gateways. You can even introduce cash on delivery. Your delivery service can collect the cash and deliver it to you. StoreHippo integrates with multiple payment gateways and wallets thus allowing you to give payment options to your customers.

10. Store Scalability

It may seem to be a luxury, but you need this feature in the long run. Scalability deals with the right sync of software and hardware configuration. Every platform has factors like product quantity, system configuration, etc. that drives the performance of your grocery store. Store performance is all that matters. StoreHippo provides features like unexpected heavy traffic, store expansion, efficient store performance and lifelong support for your business growth.

Conclusion

Select an e-commerce solution only after considering all these features that will help you develop a cutting-edge online store to sell groceries. These features will increase customer traffic and enhance your sale. You can also introduce various modules for sellers like the bulk upload of products, social login, and so on.

StoreHippo gives you the freedom to expand your business and think beyond the horizon, without fear of losing. With balanced features and pocket-friendly costs, StoreHippo has revolutionized the way vendors manage their grocery stores. Be a part of that revolution. Get the best solution to make the best store. For more information or any assistance, feel free reach us at reachus@storehippo.com or book a demo to talk to our experts.

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Thanks for the article.Looking forward for more articles like this.

By: Ridha
Sep 02, 2022   Reply

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I want to make my offline grocery store to become Online store, please suggest from where do I start. My pin is 9654449333.

By: Vipul Jain
Jul 04, 2022   Reply

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Thanks for the article on How to Start a Popular Online Grocery Store.Looking forward for more articles like this.

By: Supermarket
Apr 20, 2022   Reply

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All tips are very useful to setup grocery business online. Thanks for sharing the blog.

By: Tmotions Global Limited
Feb 15, 2022   Reply

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one more thing if you want to start a grocery store you will have to give discounts ... because mostly people when buy they first of all check discount offers...

By: pankaj
Oct 12, 2021   Reply

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"Thank you Pankaj, we appreciate your insights. Let us know if we can help with Online Grocery Store." StoreHippo Team - Oct 13, 2021

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Actually i am planning to start an online grocery store and this blog guide me well

By: centreal bazaar
Sep 28, 2021   Reply

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Hello Centreal Bazaar, We are glad we could offer you information on how to start an online grocery store. We would be glad to be of help. If you need further information about online grocery store feel free to schedule a demo with our experts at https://www.storehippo.com/page/schedule-a-demo?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=commenting&utm_campaign=book%20demo StoreHippo Team - Sep 29, 2021

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wow it is a good information about the online grocery store in india.

By: rozana
Sep 27, 2021   Reply

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Hi Rozana, thank you for your appreciation. Keep looking out for more information on online grocery store related topics on our StoreHippo blog. StoreHippo Team - Sep 28, 2021

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This is Amazing article!!

By: NetworkON
Sep 22, 2021   Reply

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Thank you for appreciating our blog. Let us know if you have any questions about setting up an online grocery store. StoreHippo Team - Sep 24, 2021

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Sep 20, 2021   Reply

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By: Swarup Das
Sep 17, 2021   Reply

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Thank you for an excellent guide for online shopping !It's a excellent article very informative and helpful.There was a time when shopping online was just a dream for people. They just imagined it and wished for a convenient way of shopping which could be done by just sitting at home and no need to work hard by going to the stores. In this way perhaps about a decade ago when the online shopping facilities had just begun in our country. But online shopping facilities and ways were much different at that time than as they are currently. Things have much changed now. Shopping via online is now the easiest way one can do it .

By: Citizen Groceries
Aug 23, 2021   Reply

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By: Grocio
Jul 06, 2021   Reply

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By: centreal bazaar
Jun 21, 2021   Reply

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You are welcome! Let us know if we can help setting up ecommerce grocery stores for you. StoreHippo Team - Jun 22, 2021

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By: Suman
May 30, 2021   Reply

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"Thank you Suman for connecting with us. We are glad we could offer you information on starting an online grocery store. We have your contact information and will connect with you soon. " StoreHippo Team - Jun 01, 2021

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By: Raj kishor verma
May 19, 2021   Reply

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Great Information, Thanks for Sharing, Having a website or application for your grocery business can boost your grocery store sales

By: 7th Avenue Partners Inc.
Mar 30, 2021   Reply

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Thank you! Let us know if we can help setting up ecommerce grocery stores for you. StoreHippo Team - Mar 31, 2021

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By: Foodrunner Canada
Mar 17, 2021   Reply

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Very informative I am planning to start an online supermarket and need your guide

By: Richard Gordon
Nov 25, 2020   Reply

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Good for a start business

By: Kunal Misale mK07
Nov 22, 2020   Reply

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"Thank you! Let us know if we can help you with ecommerce platforms for you. You can schedule a free demo with our experts to get more information on an online store. https://www.storehippo.com/page/schedule-a-demo?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=commenting&utm_campaign=book%20demo " StoreHippo Team - Nov 24, 2020

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Hi, I want to start my mobile on line store, please help us to share the details.

By: Lalit Kumar
Nov 18, 2020   Reply

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Hi Lalit, Thanks for connecting with us to build an online grocery store. StoreHippo can offer you tested solutions for a variety of business models. Please connect with our experts to book your free demo and let them help you with taking your business online. https://www.storehippo.com/page/schedule-a-demo?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=commenting&utm_campaign=book%20demo StoreHippo Team - Nov 20, 2020

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Hello I live in a town area I still want to do their online grocery business, and I have no absolute idea where to start. I need to your help.

By: Kanthika
Sep 10, 2020   Reply

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Hi Kanthika, Thanks for connecting with us to build an online grocery store. StoreHippo can offer you tested solutions for a variety of business models. Please connect with our experts to book your free demo and let them help you with taking your business online. https://www.storehippo.com/page/schedule-a-demo?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=commenting&utm_campaign=book%20demo StoreHippo Team - Sep 11, 2020

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Hi, I m planning to start a online grocery store. I need online platform for it.

By: Sahdev Panwar
Jul 28, 2020   Reply

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Hi Sahdev, Thanks for connecting with us to build an online grocery store. StoreHippo can offer you tested solutions for a variety of business models. Please connect with our experts to book your free demo and let them help you with taking your business online. https://www.storehippo.com/page/schedule-a-demo?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=commenting&utm_campaign=book%20demo StoreHippo Team - Jul 09, 2020

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Hi, I need to start online Grocery shop in Nagpur region...please help me out for the same...to develop an easy platform user friendly for anyone.

By: Vitthal Vyas
Jul 23, 2020   Reply

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"Hello Vitthal, thank you for your interest in our platform. StoreHippo's turnkey ecommerce solution can help you set up an online grocery store in no time. Kindly provide us with your contact, so our experts can reach out to you as soon as possible. " StoreHippo Team - Jul 24, 2020

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Want to open online grocery store in bijapur,karnataka Just need an explanation procedure about this, want to stat as soon as possible

By: Ubedulla
Jul 18, 2020   Reply

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Good one

By: Bittu gogoi
Jul 09, 2020   Reply

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Hello Bittu, thank you for appreciating our blog. Let us know if you have any questions about setting up an online grocery store. StoreHippo Team - Jul 10, 2020

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I want to open a online grocery shop

By: Santanu Bhattacherjee
Jul 02, 2020   Reply

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"Hi Santanu, thank you for your interest in our blog. You can easily set up an online gorcery store using StoreHippo's extensive ecommerce feature-set. Please provide us with your contact, so our store set up experts can reach out to you. " StoreHippo Team - Jul 04, 2020

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I need ur assistance to develop my grocery store with online shopping so plz looking forward to hear from you

By: Sravanthi
Jun 28, 2020   Reply

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"Hi Sravanthi, thank you for your interest in our platform. You can check out our use case on grocery shopping here. Please leave your contact so our sales team can reach out to you." StoreHippo Team - Jun 29, 2020

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i want to open a online grocery store for which i want to buy a online plateform for selling our product how can i believe to assure my data privacy and what cost of providing app and site to me also maintenance charges

By: neeraj sharma
Jun 27, 2020   Reply

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"Hi Neeraj, StoreHippo can provide you with a turnkey ecommerce platform so you can start selling products in no time. As for data privacy, StoreHippo offers latest security measures like PCI DSS compliance and SSL certificate so your store is verified and protected. Kindly provide us with your contact, so our sales team can reach out to you. " StoreHippo Team - Jun 29, 2020

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I like to be a part of this and I like to know more about it

By: Vinod
Jun 15, 2020   Reply

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"Hello Vinod, I appreciate your interest in our platform. StoreHippo's comprehensive set of ecommerce features can help you easily build and run an online grocery store. Please let us know your contact, so our experts can reach out to you. " StoreHippo Team - Jun 17, 2020

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Dear Sir, I would like to create Online grocery store. Pls. share more information.

By: Muhammad Abid Ansari
Jun 14, 2020   Reply

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"Hi Muhammad, thank you for your interest in setting up an online grocery store. StoreHippo's turnkey ecommerce platform offers a comprehensive set of features required to build and run an ecommerce store. Please provide us with your contact, so our experts can reach out to me. " StoreHippo Team - Jun 16, 2020

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How can I contract with different stores for my shoppers to shop?

By: Bernadette
May 23, 2020   Reply

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Can you send me your detailed proposal for a grocery app cum website

By: Puja Agarwal
May 08, 2020   Reply

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"Hello Puja, thank you for your interest in building an online grocery store using StoreHippo's ecommerce solution. Please provide us with your contact, so our team of experts can reach out to you." StoreHippo Team - May 11, 2020

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hi sir /madam, can we make a online app for store in multiple languages .like i need my one app on mobile phone in 5 or 6 languages .

By: ali nawazish
May 06, 2020   Reply

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"Hi Ali, thank you for your interest in online grocery store. Yes, you can make an app in multiple languages using StoreHippo's inbuilt mobile app builder. Check out our mobile app builder's features here. " StoreHippo Team - May 07, 2020

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What type of legal permission is required to start in maharashtra.is there any software applications available in .place suggest minimum manpower required. Also suggest capita and initial expenses required.

By: C Patil
Feb 08, 2020   Reply

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