I never saw so many proposed services in Lyon and so I immediately decided to try a nifty service offered by Monoprix, a large grocery chain in France, which enables you to purchase online and then pick-up in the store.
I decided to avoid the surcharge and costs associated with delivery and opt for the retrait courses service offered for FREE from 30€ worth of groceries.
So basically it all starts from their website: http://courses.monoprix.fr/ where you create a user login and pick the magasin de retrait close to your area. Since I'm near Cambronne in the 15th, I was lucky to get one 1/2 mile from my home.
Most all the products I use are on the site, conveniently located down the e-aisles, much like any online service. I created a list and just starting saving away, quickly adding up all the groceries and compiling 35€ worth of food to pick up on a Tuesday night after work.
Next, you pay, just like any service a little area to pop in a debit card, and *poof* there is even an option to replace any item unavailable with the next best thing, which I chose not too.
Two days later you show up in the store, head to the "retrait courses" telephone box and press the button. Name, order number, and while you watch the painstakingly long line in the evening hours, the groceries show up within 10 minutes ready to be taken away. Sign on the dotted line, head home within 10 minutes.
The benefits are obvious, but to list a few:
- Weekends not being spent hauling groceries and waltzing around the store
- Extra "chocolate" doesn't suddenly get bought
- More points are available on online products, so I've been able to get 5€ off on groceries after a few purchases
- Easy to keep track of consumption times (to know when to order things)
I believe many of the other grocery stores offer the same type of service, but it depends on the area you are located.
I still recommend Boucheries for meat products, simply for the quality.