3 October, 2023
grocery app

How to build grocery shopping apps for today’s tech-savvy shoppers?

The transition from standing in long queues for procuring grocery items to having them delivered at your doorsteps with a tap in your mobile has been seamless. Thanks to grocery shopping mobile apps—without them this transition would not have been possible.

Nowadays there has been a surge in grocery mobile app development in  iOS, Android and all available platforms. Reason—modern day groceries have started realizing the sales significance of grocery apps as it helps them offer personalized and engaging shopping experience.


Brands that Tasted Success in Building Grocery Mobile Apps

Many leading grocery supermarkets have started creating grocery apps to offer high quality services to their clients. Let us see some of the established brands offering grocery mobile apps.



Special Features


In store/ online

* Create wish list
* Quick spotting of products
* Location tracking
* Scan QR codes

Trader Joe’s


* Keyword based search
* Add favorite products to shopping list
* Store locator



* View items from weekly add
* Create grocery list
* Find nearest store
* Create recipes



* Store locator
* Scheduled deliveries
* Advanced search options
* Multiple payment options

Building Grocery Shopping Apps that Cater to Diverse Purposes

There is an air of versatility surrounding the grocery shopping apps and that makes them the most sought after by retailers and customers.Now let us probe in to how grocery shopping apps are developed for sundry purposes:


eCommerce Grocery apps

Grocery eCommerce apps enable customers to purchase grocery items from where they are. In fact, customers get to choose the delivery time as well as these serve as grocery delivery app. These apps are deployed by online retailers, and brick & mortar retailers who offer delivery services.

In-store Grocery apps

Retail brick & mortars deploy grocery in-store apps to offer personalized services to customers. These apps recreate the physical store virtually by giving a clear idea to customers about the grocery products and their quality, sending notifications about the offers, intimating the grocery store’s location when a customer is near, and so on.

Personalized Grocery apps for shoppers

These grocery apps are created exclusively for shoppers to plan their grocery shopping more effectively. These apps let shoppers to create a grocery list, set reminders for purchasing items, share grocery related info with their contacts, and many more.

Must have Features in your Grocery Shopping App


When you build a mobile app for grocery, the ultimate aim is to make shopping effort simple for buyers even before provide a great experience as grocery lists often extend from few to many.

Loyalty points: Coupons are an instant turn on for shoppers to download a grocery mobile app. Hence offering coupons through app is essential to improve customer loyalty.

Store locator: Deploy location based services to notify customers about the store’s presence, when they are at a closer location.

Push notifications: Incorporate the push technology in your mobile app and notify customers about the new grocery products, discounts details and so on.

Flexible payments: The grocery mobile app you create should support major currencies and leading payment gateways. Else it could lead to shopping cart abandonment.

Scheduled Delivery: Shoppers who order online can choose their convenient delivery time and items will be delivered accordingly.

Advanced search: Incorporating advanced search helps shoppers to find their preferred grocery items within a quick time span.

Multi-lingual: If you are planning to take your app on a global level multi-language support will certainly urge customers to download your app.

How to Create a Grocery Shopping App instantly in iOS and Android?

Contus M-Comm, a readymade mobile Commerce app development solution, lets you build a grocery shopping app within a week’s time in iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

Thought M-Comm is readily built, yet it is very much customizable.

As native coding has been deployed to develop this solution, performance of your grocery app will be agile.

It is auto synced; changes made at your website backend gets reflected instantaneously on your grocery mobile app.

Contus M-Comm comprises an array of features including push notifications, mobile app deep linking, store locator, multiple currencies & languages support, pending order notifications, coupons, reward points, bulk product support and so on.

Turn Out to be the Best in Mobile Grocery Shopping Experience


Alex Sam is a mobility, IoT & chat app specialist and I would like to spend most of my time in reading and analyzing the latest happenings in the technology and how they fit into our daily lives. I always endeavor to identify more ideas and concepts, and develop user-friendly apps through leveraging technology.


  1. Nicolas Reply

    Spending on technologies that improve customer experience will be the future of grocery apps. Other than any other mobile app, apps built for grocers will be used on a day-today basis and so experience is all that matters.

    For the time being technologies are making ordering easy but the experience of shopping through a real store visit is yet on the upper hand. So technologies, in future will be used for providing unique and pleasant customer experiences.

  2. Tanya Joshi Reply

    Nice post Vignesh,
    We are a leading IT enterprise primarily focussing on e-commerce development. At present, we are working for one of our offshore clients developing grocery and pharmacy mobile apps for android. Your post has truly helped us to re-align our mobile app development strategies. Thank you and keep it up.

  3. Lorenzo Diaz Reply

    I am planning to build grocery mobile app for my business. Will this app give me data analytics and notifications?

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Yes. In addition to data analytics and notifications, our grocery app development services will also provide you with fast product list import, real-time interaction with customer and pick-up time scheduling.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      well, building your grocery app with a store locator is something which comes in handy when your have a chain of grocery stores however, guiding a customer inside your store is needed only if you have so aisles to explore. In that case you can include a digital walkthrough/map in the form of a video which can be run all the time to navigate themselves inside.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Yes. This grocery app is designed on the lines of a SaaS strategy. The strategy makes the grocery delivery app relatively easy to use for both customers as well as store owners. Moreover, the SaaS strategy helps to build grocery app to any proportions including multiple store locations as business grows.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Exactly Thomas. In fact, some of the food tech apps available in the market today have advanced features like inventory management and grocery automated list generation that will ease your pain of grocery shopping. The biggest benefactors will be restaurants who can streamline their grocery inventories without much fuss.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Hi David, You can optimize your data, Integrate maps, Indoor mapping or search navigation, Promotions, self scanning & rewards into your mobile app

    1. Vignesh Reply

      With multi-lingual support, a grocery app can be made to support any language of your choice. The list is endless and includes almost every language used across the world.

  4. Emilly Reply

    Hi, I want to create an android grocery app. I am planning for an iOs app on a later stage. How long it should take to develop?

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Hi. Building a mobile app on Android platform can typically take anywhere from few weeks to a whole month. Given our expertise and level of skills, it is possible to develop an android app with extensive grocery app features, within a month. Get in touch with us at bd@contus.in . Let’s discuss your requirements and estimate the precise time duration.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Of course, very simple method to integrate in grocery app using Contus M Comm solution. It is 100% customization, so you can integrate your new ideas in this solution easily.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Lets you build a grocery shopping app within a week’s time in iOS, Android and Windows platform respectively. As native coding has been deployed to develop this solution, performance of your grocery app will be agile. To know about cost of grocery app mailto: bd@contus.in

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Definitely. The source code of a grocery app that Contus builds will always be flexible for enhancements/alterations. We believe that constant enhancements is what makes an app perfect and market ready to face competition. The changes will be implemented immediately if it is to enhance user experience.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      The exact cost for a customization task cannot be ascertained on an ad hoc basis. Why don’t you drop us a mail at bd@contus.in? Do let us know of your requirements and we will provide an estimate of how much it will cost to do the customizations in a first-rate manner.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Yes. We do embed our mobile apps with deep linking feature. In fact, all our mobile apps are created with deep linking as a default feature.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Yes, you can. There are plenty of Android/iOS mobile apps in the market today that are functioning without a website. The business model of a mobile app is entirely different from that of a website. The development process is also strikingly distinct from each other. Buzz us at bd@contus.in for knowing more about our mobile app development services.

  5. Sarita Gupta Reply

    You shared good information about mobile app. I like you article. Thanks for it.grocery business in India is rapidly growing. Appsbazar provides top quality retail app at low cost to develop online business and getting maximum profit.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Hi. It is not just a grocery app, but does much more than a grocery app. For instance, you can schedule dinners and appointments with your shared users, integrate to do lists and generate automated shopping lists using the app. And the best thing is cloud tech helps you access them anywhere, anytime.

        1. Vignesh Reply

          Thanks. There are plenty of other interesting features that make Cozi unique. For instance you can maintain a family journal where all your family memories can be stored. It is almost similar to a family private blog with maximum privacy and confidentiality.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Yes, You can customize the app with price comparision feature. Basically there are 2 types of grocery apps. Whate exactly do you want the app to do? i) Compare your price with market price or compare your actual price with the discounted price?

        1. Vignesh Reply

          Got it. You will have to collect and update the market price in your database. However, if you want, it is also possible to use the second option for discount coupons and redeem offers.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Providing the nutrient value of the food or grocery they choose to buy can help them make better decisions. It acts as a nutrients advisor helping them to opt for healthier alternatives. Grocery listing apps like fooducate make use of this idea.

      To answer your second question, for iOS, Siri would be the best assistance for people to go on adding items into their list in quick time. Barcode scanning feature is a must when it comes to conveniently adding groceries to a basket.

    1. Vignesh Reply

      Offline grocery shopping is not always easy. With the help of an efficient grocery delivery app customers can benefit from superior service at lesser costs.They can even get goods delivered at their door step at desired timings. Hence, it is necessary to build mobile app for grocery owners.

  6. Pooja Yadav Reply

    Online grocery shopping so easy and on the time also provide products on time..Using AppsMarche Retail Management App, merchants can create their own app to become the part of online Marche and capture customer online.

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