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Checkers' Sixty60 one-hour on-demand grocery delivery service launched in late 2019. Photo: Checkers
Checkers' Sixty60 one-hour on-demand grocery delivery service launched in late 2019. Photo: Checkers


Apart from shop-hopping for the best prices, consumers are also weighing up whether having their groceries delivered is cheaper than driving to the store.

In a quirky advert, Checkers claims that due to the recent fuel price hike, buying groceries online and having them delivered to your doorstep through its Sixty60 app is cheaper and quicker than driving to the store.

The advert stars veteran news anchors Noxolo Grootboom and Riaan Cruywagen, who claim that Checkers’ inflation prices are 50% lower than most stores.

In this article, we put their claims to the test. 

If your closest Checker’s store is 11 kilometres from home and you drive a fuel-efficient Volkswagen Polo Vivo that uses 6.1 litres of petrol per 100km and compare it to the Sixty60 app’s R35 delivery fee, it seems the prices are very similar.

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To estimate the fuel cost for a trip, you need the trip distance, cost of fuel per litre and the vehicle’s average fuel consumption. 

The July petrol price for inland is: 95 petrol R26.7493 petrol R26.31

The July petrol price for coastal is:95 petrol R26.0993 petrol R25.66

The average fuel consumption for a Polo Vivo is said to be around 6.1l/100km. If you were using 93 octane petrol, this is how much it would cost you:

22/100 = 0.22 x 6.1 = 1.342 x R26.31 = R35.30

We don’t all drive cars that are as fuel-efficient and we aren’t all as lucky to live in proximity to the grocery store, meaning this claim is true for most.

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City Press visited six grocery stores to compare the prices of staple items. Have a look to see how Checkers fared.

For the most part, the prices are relatively similar.


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