The coronavirus outbreak and ensuing social distancing guidelines have a significant influence on the way we lead our daily lives. In order to curb the spread of the virus, people are being encouraged to self-isolate as much as possible, and in this instance, retailers offering delivery of groceries make it much easier to adhere to these principles.

Tech is proving invaluable in these trying times – here’s where to order groceries online and avoid the crowds.

Pick n Pay

A number of the country’s largest retailers are now offering online ordering and delivery of groceries. Pick n Pay’s website lets you virtually browse the same aisles you’ll find in their stores, and you can also order wine and liquor, convenience meals, and electronics directly from the site.

Choose the items you want, and groceries are then delivered straight to your door, with delivery fees ranging from R50 to R90, depending on the delivery timeslot you choose. Payment is done by debit or credit card (customers will also earn Smart Shopper points if they are a member of the programme) and the payment is only processed after your order has been fulfilled, should some items not be available at the store where your order comes from. Shoppers can also download the Pick n Pay app on their iOS or Android device.

Like many other retailers, Pick n Pay has put special measures in place to ensure the safety of customers and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.


Woolworths has also instated stringent hygiene and other measures to protect its staff and customers, which include placing a limit on the number of specific items a person may buy in order to discourage panic buying.

Choose from Woolies’ extensive range of food and other groceries, with detailed product descriptions on the website. Delivery charges range from R50 to R95, and payment is done with your credit card. Using your WRewards card will get you a discount at the virtual till.

Customers can also order items from the other departments in the store, including clothing, homeware and beauty products.


Launched in November 2019, Sixty60 is an app-based grocery delivery service, currently only available in selected parts of Cape Town and Joburg. Because this service is currently in its pilot phase, though, delivery is completely free to customers that use the Sixty60 app, which can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

Checkers endeavours to deliver orders within 60 minutes of them being placed, which means their service is probably the one to choose if you’re in a hurry. Again, the available online selection closely resembles what you’d find on the shelves. Customers can also place order from the Checkers LiquorShop.

Ordering medication online

If you need to stock up on medicines – both prescribed and over-the-counter – you also needn’t necessarily venture to the pharmacy.

Clicks Direct Medicines boasts that it is the most far-reaching courier pharmacy in South Africa. Simply register for the service by filling out an application form, and upload prescriptions. Clicks Direct Medicines is the preferred service provider of many of the country’s medical aids, and delivery is free.

Dis-Chem also offers a courier pharmacy service, in addition to its website and mobile apps for iOS and Android.



Angie Gallagher

The Social Media Company

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