New York, NY (Reuters) – If you want to buy your groceries and other products at a supermarket but can’t afford to buy them yourself, you may want to consider buying them in bulk, a new study finds.
A study published in the journal Food Research &advance found that if you don’t have a grocery store in your town, you can order food from a company’s warehouse.
But buying a whole supermarket from a supplier is much more expensive than buying a grocery from a grocery company and the results were similar in every state and all three cities in the study.
For example, in New York City, the price for a whole fresh market hour was $1,300 per hour compared with $500 for the same hour at a store with grocery delivery.
And in the San Francisco Bay Area, where prices are much lower, a whole market hour cost $1.20 per hour.
In New York and San Francisco, where the supply chains are relatively similar, prices were lower than in California, where supermarkets are more vertically integrated.
However, the cost of buying groceries online was the same across the three cities.
Cost of groceries in New Jersey, where Walmart is based, was less than half of the cost in the cities.
The study found that grocery retailers generally had a good track record in delivering their products.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In cities where groceries are cheaper, such as New York’s Times Square and Los Angeles, the prices are cheaper than those in major metropolitan areas, according to the study published by the Food Marketing Institute.
The price of groceries online in New Orleans, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta are about half what it was in major urban areas, the study said.
A spokesman for Walmart declined to comment.
A few states have taken steps to address the high prices of fresh produce.
In California, grocery stores will be required to post their prices online in 2018.
New Jersey, which has a similar policy, requires grocery stores to post prices online.