A New Online Supermarket
RedMart is an online grocery shopping site in Singapore. I placed my first order a couple of days ago and it was delivered within the selected date and timeslot with everything intact 🙂 I mention this specifically because I’ve read other reviews about RedMart and they were not always positive. My first experience with them was pretty good and I should be making more orders in the near future.
I’ve been meaning to try online grocery shopping for some time now but kept putting it off because there wasn’t really any incentive to do my shopping online. Most online grocers charge a delivery fee; do not offer better prices than their physical counterparts; have a limited online inventory; and their e-commerce sites are outdated and not easy to use. I decided to go with RedMart because it solves a few of these problems and has a first-timer discount of 10% off with coupon TENOFF on orders of $30+.
What I Like About RedMart
Unlike most online grocers, RedMart has free delivery if you purchase over a certain amount. Other sites like Fairprice Online, Cold Storage, and Giant Online charge a delivery fee regardless of your order amount and if you do not meet their minimum, the delivery fee is even higher. RedMart offers free delivery for purchases over $30 for first-timers or over $49 for returning customers.
Prices on RedMart are about the same or sometimes lower than other online grocers as well as physical supermarkets. I didn’t compare prices for everything that I bought since groceries are fairly inexpensive. However, off the top of my head, eggs, UHT milk, and bottled mineral water is about the same price or cheaper. You’re probably more familiar with the prices of the stuff you buy, so you can easily do a comparison if you hop on to RedMart’s web site.
It was easy to place my order and select a timeslot for delivery. I didn’t have to do a lot of clicking to get to the product I want, the product photos, item prices, and ordering process was clear. This might not sound like a big deal to you but wait till you try navigating the other online grocery sites. There were both weekday and weekend timeslots for me to choose from, and selecting certain timeslots gave you an additional discount. I opted for a Sunday delivery between 10 am to 2pm and got an extra $3 off my order. On the day the order was scheduled to be delivered, I received a reminder via SMS.
You can choose to have your order left at your doorstep if there’s nobody at home. I didn’t use this option since there was someone around, but you could if you wanted to. And if there are no perishables in your order, and you’re sure your groceries won’t be stolen.
And finally, this also applies to other online grocers, but there’s no need to lug heavy bags of groceries home anymore!
What I Won’t Use RedMart For
Although RedMart makes grocery shopping convenient and its prices are reasonable, I wouldn’t buy these things from them:
- Nutrition bars – I saw Questbars on RedMart but these are really overpriced. You can get them for a lot cheaper from iHerb (read my iHerb review here)
- Skin care products – These are not cheaper than Guardian or Watsons locally. If you’re looking at Japanese brands like Biore, you can get it a lot cheaper on Rakuten Global (not Rakuten Singapore!). I’ll be doing a Rakuten Shopping Guide soon.
- Pet products – They have a small selection of pet products such as canned dog and cat food that are more expensive than local online pet stores.
Summary of Pros and Cons
- Free delivery over $30 for first-timers or over $49 for returning customers
- Easy-to-use interface
- Good or same prices for groceries compared to local supermarkets
- Quick and hassle-free delivery
- Prices not as good for sports nutrition, skin care, and pet products
- They don’t have a lot of fresh produce yet but I’m looking forward to when they add it to their store!
Get Your First-Timer Discount
If you’ve never bought from RedMart before, try it now and remember to use the coupon TENOFF for 10% off any order of $30+