I didn’t choose my doggies’ brand of kibble (aka kibs). Their kibs was chosen by another human who I no longer talk to. But, it’s what they’ve always eaten. They love it.
When I wake up in the morning they bounce off the walls because they know after a few short minutes in the backyard they get to eat. The countdown towards dinnertime is when they’re most active and excited throughout the day.
So you better believe when I heard the retail store (Pet Valu) would no longer carry the brand on site I went into a bit of a mini panic mode. Said retail store gave no valid explanation for why they were no longer carrying the brand. They claimed that the company no longer makes it, which was untrue.
Anyways, I ended up trying to find another retail store but eventually gave up and went online to buy it. How does one buy 30 pound bags of kibble online? The thought never really crossed my mind. Bags of dog food are large and heavy. It’d be like buying huge bags of mulch online.
And yet, I found the brand online and for a decent and cheaper price. I bought two bags. What was my cost to ship 60 pounds of kibble to my front door? $0. Nothing. It took me three minutes to make my purchase. I did it from my cubicle. I didn’t have to drive to a store.
Retail stores are doomed. Doomed. If they can’t compete on price, on saving you time, the only card they have left to play is that shipping things online can cost money. But if online retailers just front the shipping costs? It’s over. There’s nothing else retail can offer you.
I’ll always buy my food in person because I want to handle my own produce and inspect it. Other than that, I don’t really know what I wouldn’t have shipped to my front door. Eventually we’ll all find out.