Grocery delivery firm offers discount to seniors
DropIt Delivery, the island’s grocery delivery business, has announced a $1 annual membership offer for the nearly 5,000 members of Age Concern during the month of October.
The cut-price membership is effective for a year. Beginning on November 1, the membership will cost $49.
DropIt offers customers access to more than 10,000 items from the inventory of Lindo’s grocery store in Warwick.
Customers choose a two-hour window during which to have their groceries delivered, or they can pick them up.
Age Concern members who become DropIt members pay an $18.99 delivery fee on top of the price of their food order, or can pick up their groceries for a fee of $12.99.
Under the partnership between the two organisations, Age Concern will give away a $200 grocery voucher to someone in need, aged 50 or over, who has been nominated by a member of the community.
DropIt will waive the delivery charge for the recipient. The deadline for nominations is October 31.
To nominate someone, you must ‘like’ DropIt on Facebook, ‘follow’ the business on Instagram, and e-mail the business at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of why your nominee should be chosen, DropIt co-owner Leanne Evans said.
DropIt will select the nominee, who will then be vetted by Age Concern, the organisations said.
Membership fees for Age Concern are $25 annually for people 50 and over, and are free for people 80 and up. Fees for members 50-79 are due to increase slightly in 2020.
Claudette Fleming, executive director of Age Concern, said the group’s 4,848 members receive discounts or concessions from more than 70 companies.
“We try to encourage local businesses in the community to be creative in how they interact with the 50-plus age group as most of their needs are met in the marketplace”, Dr Fleming said.
“We love being introduced to entrepreneurs — we take time to know who they are, get to hear what they are offering, and then introduce them to our membership.
“That link is important because new entrepreneurs have perhaps not had the time to establish that relationship, and the 50-plus age group would not have had the time to get to know the new entrepreneur, and their product or service.”
She added: “Some people just can’t get out to shop — as we have an older population, that is becoming more and more of a reality.”
Orders for food delivery or pick-up are normally made online at www.dropit.bm. However, Ms Evans said the business is taking telephone orders from customers who may not be tech-savvy, or who do not have access to the internet.
A live-chat capability on the DropIt website, which provides immediate responses to questions, is popular, she said.
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