Sure, everything these days and in our future is app-driven. This means we can pretty much access and request everything from our mobile phones, tablets or computers. This is one great boon of living in this era. The ease and convenience with which we can navigate through all the stuff we need is just amazing!
I consider myself still old-fashioned when it comes to shopping apps. I do online banking, yes but I prefer to buy from people I know, such as on Facebook. When it comes to food for my household,I have not really warmed up to using apps since the fresh market, supermarkets and restaurants are just a walk away from where we live, so I said why bother?
But am curious. And this is the reason why I was all attention when Honestbee – Asia’s top concierge & delivery service – invited us bloggers to a luncheon at Manila House in Bonifacio Global City. Basically, it was to announce their partnership with S & R membership shopping club.
Alexandra Rocha Araneta held a cooking demo. She taught us how to make a smoked salmon-cream cheese appetizer and vodka-based drink useful for the next parties.
I wasn’t able to take a close-up of the cute Honestbee mascot but I took a photo of the nice table arrangement and of course enjoyed the food – from the salad to the apple pie dessert. Events by Bridges PR rock 🙂
Back to the press conference, the greatest news I heard is that it’s now possible to purchase grocery items in S & R even if you are not a member! But this is only possible if you download and use the Honestbee app.
I was thrilled because I choose not to be an S & R member. I don’t like stocking up on a lot of goods and going to the palengke every weekend is my therapy. (However, I was also surprised to know that one of the vendors in Honestbee in the Pasay Fresh Market where you can buy hard-to-find items like tawilis and panocha)
My verdict: the Honestbee app is definitely worth trying. When I reached home, I immediately tried the app and had fun “virtual shopping.” I don’t think all the items sold in S & R are listed, but the essential items are there and is well curated. One can shop through these categories: Promotions, Alcohol, Bakery, Baby care, Beverage, Frozen, Eggs & dairy, Food Cupboard, Snacks & Sweets, Fresh Fruits, Fresh Meat, Fresh Seafood, Fresh Vegetables, Home, Health & Beauty, Household & Cleaning, Medicine, Pet Care, School & Office Supplies, Automotive.
Anyway, my first order was just an experiment on how seamless the Honestbee app shopping experience is. Online buyers have an option of paying by card or COD (cash on delivery). I chose the latter and got this notification upon checkout.
Even though the app told me that my order will be delivered at 4-5 pm, I put the note to deliver at 2 pm and so this guy in yellow showed up on the dot at 2 pm. Napa Wow! naman ako 🙂
Look at the yellow eco bag, it comes free with every order. I was impressed with how carefully they package and carry your items. I ordered eggs and not a single one was broken.
Just an important thing to note: prepare exact change because there’s a possibility they don’t have change for you. Also, I was wondering why the total amount of my payment changed. It turns out there was no one kilo pack of the fresh minced pork I ordered, so they changed to a 1.320 kilo pack which changed the final price.
Other than this, I had a positive Honestbee shopping experience. Just prepare to pay a concierge fee of P120 and delivery fee of P99 if your order is below P2,500. As a non-member of S & R, I was also charged P47 but I think this is still better than paying for a membership card which I will use rarely.
Most important, shopping through Honestbee saves one gas money, driving through traffic and navigating through sprawling supermarket aisles. Worse, lining up through long queues. I certainly recommend this app to busy, harassed mamas so we can just sit at home like a Senyora.LOL. I am definitely ordering again through Honestbee.
Ready to shop? Use my Honestbee referral code https:honestbee.ph/r/ANNALYNZ2302 to get P500 off your order worth P2500.
The Honestbee – S&R tie-up works through the following nine S&R branches: BGC, Congressional, Alabang, ASEANA-Baclaran, Shaw, Imus, Nuvali, Commonwealth and Sucat, Paranaque.