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Your Groceries Could Meet You When You Step Off the Train

A pilot collaboration between the D.C. Metro and Peapod places pickup “pods” in three stations.
The online grocer Peapod launches grocery pick-up locations at three D.C.-area Metro stations.
The online grocer Peapod launches grocery pick-up locations at three D.C.-area Metro stations.(Sean Shanahan/Courtesy of Peapod)

Schlepping boatloads of groceries on public transit is a well-documented annoyance. Companies like Seamless and Fresh Direct have capitalized on this aversion by bringing sustenance straight to people’s doorsteps, but there’s one inconvenience—sometimes minor, sometimes major: they have to be home.  

The online grocer Peapod is testing a way for customers to get fresh groceries into their homes sans the pressure of a closing delivery window or deviating from their regular route.