At a recent Real Simple event at Grand Central Terminal, I was handed a fascinating advertisement for a new business called Alice. This online retail/delivery service allows you to re-order household staples on a regular basis and have them delivered (free). Since Alice negotiates with various retailers and manufacturers, the prices are fairly comparable to what they would be in store.
I have not tried Alice yet, though I intend to. I am my household’s “procurement manager,” which means that when we run out of toilet paper, it is my problem. We live one block away from a drug store, so it is not exactly a huge problem, but I am trying to automate as many of my non-core competency activities as possible. Time spent remembering we are out of dishwasher detergent or diapers is time not spent doing something else, so I’ll give it a whirl and report back.