Buying stuff online is no more a hassle or something odd, however, COVID pushed many boundaries. 

The pandemic caused a surge for grocery delivery apps adhering to contactless delivery plus, customers prefer convenience over physical buy. 

Do you know? 25% of the US customers order their groceries online.


Online grocery shopping will reach a valuation of $133.8 billion by 2022.

Grocery delivery app development company

In this blog post, we will share grocery app development features, timeline and cost. 

What is a grocery delivery app? Two basic types

Grocery delivery apps build a bridge between the buyer and the seller whether it’s a marketplace like Walmart, Amazon or an aggregator like Uber Eats, InstaCart etc.

Grocery delivery apps usually comprise two types of users, one the shopper, and second the admin. 

There are 3 different types of grocery delivery app business models.

1-Aggregator, collaboration with grocery stores

Aggregator apps are the ones listing all nearby grocery shops. It is a type of grocery app where you collaborate with different grocery stores. In this model, a user usually has a list of grocery stores and he can pick the one he wants. 

Responsibility of receiving and delivery is of the store, aggregator is just a facilitator between the customer and the seller. Instacart is one good example here.

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2-Marketplaces, dedicated model

Marketplace apps allow merchants to list their stores. It has all the features of the aggregator model but here the marketplace is responsible from order receiving to delivery. Different grocery stores sign up on the platform, mainly because they have a great amount of weekly/monthly users. 

Some good examples to quote here are Amazon, and Walmart.

3-On-demand delivery

A grocery app type which works on demand and supply model. Gives instant access to mobile users to what they want.

A good example of this type of grocery delivery app is UberEats. 

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Grocery delivery app development cost

The grocery delivery app development cost varies depending upon many factors, however on average the cost bracket stays between $30,000 to $180,000. 

We believe there are three types of factors that could cause an effect on the cost.

1-Type of team (inhouse, freelance, outsource)

2-Team location (US, Europe, UK, Asia)

3-App type (Aggregator, marketplace and on-demand)

Team type Per hour rate Team location Per hour rate App Type MVP cost
In-house $80 USA $150 Aggregator app like Instacart $60,000-70,000
Freelance $40 Europe $100 Marketplace app like Amazon $70,000-75,000
Outsource $70-75 UK $110 On-demand delivery app like Uber eats $70,000-80,000
Column 1 Value 4 Asia $80-90

Grocery delivery app

Grocery delivery app development features and timeline

Before moving to development, we suggest having a list of features you want to have in an app. We can provide you with the list of features for customer app, delivery app and admin panel app. 

First, decide which type of delivery app you want as this will influence the number of features you must have in a grocery shopping delivery app. 

Like we mentioned earlier, you would need 3 sides for a single grocery delivery app to work. Let’s dive into each one of them.

Features of grocery delivery app

Customer panel/facing app Delivery app Admin panel app
Registration and profiling Store Locator Admin login
List of stores/products Store pickup List of users
Browse products, advanced search Order tracking (on every processing order) Review user profile
Payment mode Profile management List of buyers, /shoppers
Schedule a delivery Feedback (reviews and ratings from customer) Manage product category list
Order management (change order status, order description, barcode scanning) Notifications (about new orders) List of all orders and tracking
Settings Payment management Payment and transactions
Reviews and ratings GPS/live tracking Notifications

BASIC – a basic set of features app requires 3-4 months for completion.Timeline for building grocery delivery app

ADVANCE – a complex app (may include list of features we added below) requires from 6 months to 1 year.

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Here is the list of some advanced level features for grocery app development which we can build and make you sell MORE. 

1-Voice search support

2-AI-based visual search support

3-Product recommendations (based on past purchases)

4-In-app calling (consumer to store owner or delivery person)

5-In-app chatting (consumer to store owner or delivery person)

6-Loyalty program 

7-Real-time analytics (monitor your user activities)

8-GPS tracking

9-Sending frequent order tracking updates

10-Push notifications about new products, order tracking etc.

11-CRM integration at the backend

12-ERP integration (streamline complex business processes)

13-Custom dashboards (analyze latest information at one place)

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Final verdict

You need a highly professional hybrid app development company that can turn your idea into a successful business. The best mobile app developers team must have the capability to integrate complex custom features. Essentially, anyone needing grocery app development must have a project manager, mobile app developers, front-end developers, backend developers, and the QA expert.

A hands-on experience team of Phaedra can help you in developing grocery delivery apps. 

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