Groceries at home within 10 minutes: which flash deliverers are there?

You don’t have to leave the house for groceries, because flash delivery guys will deliver your breakfast, dinner or snack. Fast delivery drivers are driving around in more and more Dutch cities, so it’s time for a comparison. These are the differences between the best known flash delivery apps.

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The pros and cons of flash delivery apps

The supermarket landscape is in full swing. Since Picnic started delivering groceries a few years ago, you can now also order from so-called flash deliverers. These delivery guys promise to deliver your items within about ten minutes of placing the order.

How is that possible? Because speed camera drivers work from entire local distribution centers in the city. This is where the messages are stored. As soon as you place an order, the items are quickly collected and the delivery person leaves on her/his bike.

There are now several flash delivery apps out there, so we thought it would be interesting to compare them. We have placed the exact same order at every store in order to compare the costs. This shopping package contains milk, cheese, half a whole wheat bread, peanut butter and some kiwis.

The most famous flash delivery apps

1. Gorillas

Gorillas are probably the most famous flash delivery person. The start-up once started in Germany and has been active in the Netherlands since the end of 2020. You come across the delivery guys, who cycle around in black clothes, especially in student cities such as Amsterdam, Groningen and Utrecht.

Gorilla Characteristics:

  • Promise: groceries delivered within 10 minutes after ordering
  • Delivered in (parts of): Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague, Groningen, Haarlem, Leiden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht
  • Large assortment
  • Clear app without bells or whistles, search function sometimes works poorly
  • Delivery costs: 1.80 euros
  • No minimum order amount, but a variable surcharge for orders under 10 euros
  • Total costs shopping cart: 11.94 euros

The range of Gorillas is quite wide. During the start-up, the flash deliverer mainly had the necessary in stock, but nowadays you can also buy meal packages from them. This is not possible at all locations, however.

Gorillas claims to supply at supermarket prices. Whether this statement is correct depends on the supermarket where you normally get your groceries. Compared to budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, Gorillas is clearly higher in price. If you compare the range with parties such as Albert Heijn or the Spar, the prices are more similar.

Gorillas

Gorillas Technologies GmbH

2. Great

Compared to Gorillas, Flink delivers in many more Dutch cities. The deliverers wear striking pink jackets and, like the competitors, promise to deliver within 10 minutes. Speaking of which: Flink’s app comes across as quieter than Gorillas’s. Products are sorted more clearly and there is more white space between the categories.

Features:

  • Promise: groceries delivered within 10 minutes after ordering
  • Delivered in (parts of): Almere, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Apeldoorn, Breda, Delft, Deventer, The Hague, Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, Haarlem, Hengelo, Hilversum, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht, Zeist, Zoetermeer
  • Clear app with a lot of emphasis on the products
  • Search function is somewhat flawed
  • Delivery costs: 1.80 euros
  • No minimum order amount
  • Total costs of shopping basket: 12.60 euros

Flink also has drawbacks, of course. For example, the app is far from complete. Some products have no description, so you only have a title and picture(s). And if your favorite peanut butter is currently out of stock, Flink offers you no alternative. For example, during the sample we could no longer find half a whole grain, so we went for the (just as expensive) egg cakes.

Flink: Groceries in minutes

Flink SE

3. Bring

Of all the speed cameras, Getir is the closest to an online supermarket. As a customer, you are actively tempted to mainly do your weekly shopping via the app. Getir, for example, charges a minimum order amount of 10 euros. If you order groceries for more than 20 euros, these costs will be canceled.

Features Getir:

  • Promise: groceries delivered within 10 minutes after ordering
  • Delivered in (parts of): Amsterdam, Amstelveen, The Hague, Leiden and Rotterdam
  • Clear app with a lot of emphasis on the products
  • Good search function
  • Delivery costs: 1.80 euros
  • No delivery costs for orders above 20 euros
  • Minimum order amount of 10 euros
  • Total costs of shopping basket: 11.40 euros

A clear disadvantage of Getir is that the majority of people cannot use the app. At the time of writing, it is only useful in the Randstad.

The Getir app is clearly structured. At the top of the home screen you will see the delivery location, with the different categories below. Like Flink, the app takes the seasons into account. At the moment you will come across a lot of Sinterklaas offers. Another plus of Getir is the search function, because it works well.

getir: groceries in minutes

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4. Zapp

Zapp is one of the newest flash delivery companies. For the time being, the app only delivers in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and, like Getir, it is designed as a complete online supermarket. To ensure that you order as much as possible, the delivery costs will be canceled if you have more than 30 euros worth of items in your shopping cart.

Features Zapp:

  • Promise: groceries delivered within 20 minutes after ordering
  • Delivered in (parts of): Amsterdam and Rotterdam
  • Decent app with poor search function
  • Delivery costs: 1.80 euros
  • No minimum order amount, but a 1.99 surcharge for orders under 5 euros
  • No delivery costs for orders above 30 euros
  • Total costs: 13.41 euros

Another feature of Zapp is that the app is open 24/7, 365 days a year. You will meet the delivery men dressed in blue at any time of the day.

Speaking of delivery: Zapp tries to distinguish itself in this area by getting groceries from A to B as sustainably as possible. Recyclable paper bags are used for this, among other things. The app also works with local food banks and food surpluses are donated.

The main drawback of Zapp is that it currently only delivers to two cities. The app itself works fairly stable, although it does feel somewhat unfinished. For example, many products only have a few lines of description. As a result, it is often guesswork as to the real ingredients. Fortunately, information about allergens is always mentioned.

Zapp – 24/7 essentials

Quick Commerce LTD

More apps to buy groceries

It is quite expensive to buy your regular groceries from a flash delivery service. It is still best to go to an ‘old-fashioned’ supermarket for this. Speaking of which: these days they just deliver. In our article about online supermarkets, we measure the most popular apps from supermarkets and look at how easy their delivery service works.


Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.

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