Chance to purchase meat online
IMAGINE logging online to choose what cut of meat you would like for dinner, then having it arrive on your doorstep in time for the meal.
Soon, this will be a reality.
As more consumers switch online for everyday purchases, a handful of local businesses are leading the pack and selling their product through the wonders of cyberspace.
Paul Carey of Carey Brothers Butchers said he had plans for online purchases in the very near future.
The option to purchase meat online would make Carey Brothers one of the first butchers in the greater Darling Downs to offer such a system.
“I believe it’s the way of the future,” Mr Carey said.
“It’s another avenue of sales and so many people are inclined to shop online.”
While the butcher said he would personally prefer to shop the old-fashioned way, he said it was important to mould with the changing scope of business.
“(Buying online) is not particularly something I would be in a hurry to do, but so many people do,” he said.
“It’s the younger generation; they prefer to text one another than talk to one another.
“It’s their way of communication and you can’t hold back the tide.”
The business has an online presence already, but Mr Carey hopes to extend it soon to include the option to purchase meat.
He said he would include photos of the meat to go alongside the description, to help make the process easier for customers.
“You’ve got to be visual.
“If it’s just the word lamb chop that’s one thing, but to see a picture of the lamb chop it’s a different story,” he said.
The concept is still in its early days but Mr Carey said he hoped it would catch on with local households.
“I don’t think it would go berserk straight away, but I certainly believe it would gain momentum,” he said.
“You’ve got to try these things – we haven’t got anything to lose by doing it.”