Honestbee, since their launch about a year ago, has rapidly gained popularity and has recently added more stores and restaurants to their platform. Their motto is speed, accuracy, and quality. They offer same-day delivery on your favourite grocery products, beverages, or meals from up to 21 different stores/restaurants (and counting), including NTUC, Cold Storage, The Butcher’s Dog, Jones the Grocer, Joe & Dough, Watsons, and even Ben & Jerry’s. Unlike other grocery delivery services, honestbee has 6 major advantages:
- They offer free delivery if you purchase at least
$30$50 of products. However, they recently started charging a concierge fee of up to $3.99. According to their website, this fee is to ensure that your handpicked groceries are obtained from a store near you to guarantee freshness and speed.
- Their prices exactly the same as if you were to go to the store yourself. Even when store advertised/promotional items are on sale and not reflected through honestbee‘s platform, you will still ultimately get charged the lower price. This is a really common scenario for NTUC’s “buy 2” discounts.
- You can schedule your delivery any time between 11am and 10pm, and honestbee’s delivery slots are only 1 hour long. The fastest you can go from checkout to delivery is 70 minutes, though this is often not possible during peak hours (evenings and weekends). Sometimes the delivery may be a bit late, but if it’s more than an hour, the concierge will usually call you to make sure you’re ok with a later delivery.
- They often have coupons and promo codes. As a former extreme couponer, I really appreciate the extra savings! Currently, they are running a promotion for
- $12 free groceries for your first order with minimum spend of $100.
- $15 off groceries using your Maybank Cards (for new honestbee customers only) with minimum spend of $80.
- Reordering is a cinch. You can review all your past orders, and can reorder with just one click. This is very helpful for people who need regular deliveries of supplies, such as diapers and baby food.
- One last advantage that I overlooked until I met with their Business Operations Manager is that honestbee also serves as a social enterprise that provides flexible work opportunities for the community. Since launching in July 2015, honestbee has engaged over a thousand Shopper Bees (as they are affectionately known) in Singapore and their workforce continues to grow each week, enabling Singaporeans from all walks of life to earn money on days and time slots that best suit their schedules. During peak times, Shopper Bees can earn up to $14 an hour (although, according to a recent Straits Times article, this rarely happens except during the Chinese New Year season). On average, Shopper Bees work 28 hours a week and earn about $9.70 an hour, which is still higher than the part-time pay in similar industries. If you would like to apply to be a Shopper Bee and earn extra income on a flexible work schedule, you can apply here.
Honestbee helps save you time and money, while also providing jobs to the community, especially to those who are underemployed or those in need of flexible work arrangements. For me, they also are an energy saver as I often order heavy and bulky items (since I do not have a car), such as milk, rice, and paper products. The only downside to using their service (that I can think of) is that you won’t get any loyalty rewards from membership cards (e.g., linkpoints, tapformore points, NTUC rebates). You will, however, get the Watson’s member discounts (even if you’re not a Watson’s member).