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Fresh Direct
« on: February 19, 2008, 04:17:47 PM »
Has anyone bought  groceries online from Fresh Direct?  If yes, do they schedule a delivery around your schedule?  Were you happy with the quality of your order?
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008, 04:35:32 PM »
Buddy, this response won't be terribly helpful to you, but as a consumer, I've decided to opt out of Fresh Direct as a whole.  Believe me, I'm no stickler for political correctness, but that whole alleged union busting fiasco that Fresh Direct was involved in late last year sort of left a sour taste in my mouth.  Oh yeah...I'm well aware that other businesses may be involved in similar dealings, but I strongly feel that if I make this one choice now, perhaps it can make a small difference.  It also helps that I know someone that was directly affected by this.
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008, 04:54:02 PM »
There is a thread on chowhound with the title "Freshdirect in Jackson Heights" which might (or might not!) be helpful.  Here it is http://www.chowhound.com/topics/397202

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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2008, 05:13:00 PM »
I order fresh direct about 2 times a month.  Since it has become more popular in Jackson Heights, you need to order about two days in advance from when you want it to be delivered.  I used to be able to order the night before without any problem.  You choose a two hour time window for delivery.  Not all days are available here.  You should check the available delivery times before you go through the trouble of making an order.

I find the prices are similar to the grocery store with some items being relatively cheaper, like organic milk, and others being more expensive.  My experience with their fruit hasn't been good, but the vegetables are fine.  I like the marinades they offer with their meats.  My husband doesn't like the cold cuts because he says they are cut too thin, but that's how I like them.  It's definitely a good option if you like a nice organic selection and have a specific list of what you want.  I spend less when I order fresh direct because I avoid all those things I tend to pick up when I'm walking around the grocery store.  The delivery guys are great too.  If they're running ahead of schedule they will call you to see if you'd like your order delivered earlier.  Overall, I'm a fan.

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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2008, 05:25:53 PM »
I have used Fresh Direct once, while i lived in Astoria and I picked up, that was before they delivered there of course.  I found the quality of the meats to be very good.  In light of their recent employee issues, I can't spend my $ with them.

http://gothamist.com/2007/12/12/fresh_direct_ex.php

With that said, I know alot of ppl who use and love Fresh Direct, and I just can't bring myself to do it--I find them pricey and I feel it is ultimately a bad decision (over-packaging, employment issues and fuel costs).  I somehow feel supporting local business is better for the environment, overall. 

I will make a few changes this spring though (since most of our local fruit stands, while I love the convenience, import from all over the world burning gobs of petrol) --I am joining Farmspot to support local farmers and will begin buying my meat from Dines Farms.  I feel this is the best use of my resources to support local farms, farmers and family-owned shops (It. Farms, Local fruit markets, etc.). Not a perfect situation in JH yet, but improving.  Just my opinion, of course.
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2008, 07:15:40 PM »
Thank you.   Whenever possible I also try to support local merchants.  I buy my organic items from the  Jackson Heights Health Food market at 83rd and 37th.  I like that place.   I shop at Italian Farms and I usually buy my fruit and veggies from several of the small stands along 37th. My fave supermarket is in Astoria: Berry Fresh Farms - Ditmars at 43rd. I won't support vendors or merchants whose product, service or just plain ambiance I don't like.  I just don't like the supermarkets here at all.  I'd even rather go to PatheMark or Waldbaums instead of C-Town.  But it's a pain sometimes going from place to place.  Once and awhile, I'd love to pick up the phone, order and have it delivered.  I've been to the Episcopal church and saw those local farm vendors last year.  I don't know but something turned me off.  Maybe I'll go look again next time they're around.  As far as Fresh Direct and their union problems and undocumented worker problems.... well I'm Union so I do have feelings about that... but I'm not about to discuss them here because that could be too volatile and truthfully, the last thing I'd like to see happen here is that kind of discourse.  I like exchanging comments... I can read between the lines when people express their views and then I do what I feel is right for me.    I haven't gone to Trader Joes in Forest Hills yet.  And whenever I'm out in Long Island, I go to Whole Foods. I loved all your comments.  Definitely food for thought!  :coolsmiley:
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2008, 10:00:43 PM »
I am a fan of FD. I'm also a fan of the Met and the health food store and Italian farms, but Fresh D does save me time, and it is not any fun grocery shopping with a toddler.  I don't find their prices at all high compared to the Met.  The closest

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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008, 10:27:14 PM »
We order from Fresh Direct often, but have found their quality to be dwindling. The over packaging also is a bit annoying. We've recently been finding the values of premade foods at Trader Joe's to make us order from FD less and less.
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008, 10:42:35 AM »
Cut and pasted from here:

Verbatim from an email they sent me...

FreshDirect savings don't stop at President's Picks. Add delicious, chef-prepared meals to your cart and enter the code PRESIDENT at checkout. We'll deduct 15% from every item purchased from our 4-Minute Meals Department and Heat & Eat Department. This offer ends March 2, 2008. Shop and save today!


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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2008, 11:04:15 AM »
We have been using FD since they first started up, and were so thrilled when they came to JH. We order at least once a week, and really we get mostly staples, as well as their seafood. We don't have a decent fish market in JH so FD really makes up for that. Also since we don't have a car, going to Trader Joes or other groceries are a major pain, FD really makes that a lot easier. I do wish they would figure out a better way to package there groceries, or do like a box exchange program something that would cut down on the cardboard boxes. FD's has pretty good produce and they have a lot of organic produce that I've been more interested in getting lately.

That being said, I've been considering FarmSpot when it starts up again in the spring, an will check it out as well.

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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2008, 09:31:06 AM »
After reading all the posts: pros and cons, I've decided to go check out Trader Joes instead.  Won't have to deal with over packaging, think about political employment issues and I can see and pick what I want and get everything in one place.  I'll be curious to see what parking is like though.  And yes I will still spend my money in the nabe.  God knows I've been single handedly trying to keep as many people employed as possible.... (said facetiously).  :angel:
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008, 09:45:16 AM »
I went to TJs in Queens for the first time this past weekend, and I really liked the larger size and shorter wait for checking out. The union square TJ's is so over crowded! I though the Queen's TJs had more products and seemed to be better stocked.  The bus ride over there wasn't half bad either. I'll be heading back sometime for sure. Maybe I'll do a Zipcar and stock up!

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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2008, 01:36:19 PM »
I went to TJs in Queens for the first time this past weekend, and I really liked the larger size and shorter wait for checking out. The union square TJ's is so over crowded! I though the Queen's TJs had more products and seemed to be better stocked.  The bus ride over there wasn't half bad either. I'll be heading back sometime for sure. Maybe I'll do a Zipcar and stock up!

So my friend and I went to TJs ourselves today.  Nice.  I also liked Staples being next door (which I didn't know) because both of us needed supplies for our home offices.  So that was an extra bonus round.  I will say one thing: compared to Whole Foods (especially the packaged sushi), I like Whole Foods better. But TJs has things that are uniquely theirs and that's fun.

Tigo, if you rent a car to "stock up", go check out Costco over by the water in Astoria.  Now that's the place to load up on supplies.  Plus they have the BEST rotisserie chicken EVER.  Beats every local restaurant in quality.  And they have a shrimp platter for approx. $9.00 and it usually has over 30 shrimp on it with cocktail sauce.   I really have to go back to work!  Even I can't believe that this was a highlight in my day!!!!  :2funny:  But, wait, welcome party tonite at Starbucks.  whoopeee.
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008, 02:26:05 PM »
I did a survey for Fresh Direct and directly complained about the over packaging issue. In response they sent me a very detailed message explaining that it is something they are working to fix. I didn't think it was even put upon them to respond to my comment, so I was impressed. Here is the letter, cut and paste:

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Thanks for taking the time to complete our survey. We appreciate your concern about packaging, and we wanted to address that issue with more detail.

 

We’re definitely looking for ways to eliminate waste and reduce the packaging we use. To illuminate our challenge a bit: Our greatest concern is about your food quality. That’s why we divide different types of food into 12 separate climate zones at our Long Island City facility. This necessitates three separate assembly zones, which create separate boxes.

 

Since the number of items in a box has a direct relationship to the number of items ordered from a given department, we sometimes end up sending just one or two items in a box. Delicate and breakable items (such as eggs), also tend to arrive with more packaging than durable goods (such as soup cans).

 

Packaging is a regrettable side effect of the way any delivery company operates, but we want you to know that we’re dedicated to eliminating nearly all of our cardboard delivery boxes within the next 3 years.

 

We’re making big changes, and we appreciate your patience while we seek out the best solutions. We’ll keep you up-to-date as we work toward adopting more eco-friendly technologies and policies.

 

Best Regards,

FreshDirect Customer Support Team


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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008, 08:53:18 PM »
I'm impressed with that response.  I like that they have a plan to make positive change.  Good for them.  I'll probably still be living here in three years.  Cool.
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Re: Fresh Direct
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2008, 08:53:18 PM »