Grocery app development cost in India

Mobile apps made our life more convenient and easy from booking cabs to ordering food with one click on smartphones. Mobile apps are getting more attraction in the domain of on-demand grocery apps. These apps reduce our traveling time, the stress of looking for parking, standing in the long queue to check out, and more. Moreover, if all products are not available in the store, we have to move on to the next store. Here we are listing features of grocery app and Grocery app development cost in India 2023

But an on-demand grocery app is all about when you want and what you want. You will just open the app, add the product that you need in the cart, checkout, make payment, and get your grocery at your doorstep. It’s simple. It has effect in the growth of the market. Reports say the no of people using grocery apps has increased from 12 million in 2017 to 30.4 million in 2022.

On-demand grocery app:

Building and maintaining the grocery app is an expensive attempt due to its high level of complexity. 

The on-demand grocery app is divided into 4 parts

  1. Customer app
  2. Agent app
  3. Delivery agent app
  4. Vendor manager app

The process is as follows:

    The order process starts with the customer who first places the order on the app. The order and payment details will be sent to the admin panel and where the details of the products are conveyed to the respective vendor. At the same time, a delivery boy is assigned and the location is shared with them. If the delivery agent is not available, it is moved to the agent queue, or another agent is automatically assigned.

    Once the order is received, the vendor takes the order items and the delivery agent loads the in the delivery vehicle. Meanwhile, the app sends a push notification to the customer and the admin about the progress of the order. The delivery agent monitors the exact location of the customer and continues by using turn-by-turn navigation through the app. When the order is delivered to the customer, the delivery confirmation message is sent to the customer and the admin. 

Let’s see the features of each part of the on-demand grocery app.

Customer app:

  • Register/login
  • User profile
  • Search filter
  • Tracking and delivery
  • Push notifications
  • Add to cart
  • Manage cart
  • Wish list
  • E-wallet integration
  • Scheduling the delivery
  • Delivery slot selection
  • Discount coupons and voucher
  • Order history
  • Rating and reviews
  • Help and customer support
  • Location-based product listing
  • Pickup and drop.

Admin panel:

  • One-click Dashboard
  • Manage customer
  • Payment management
  • Product management
  • Order management
  • Driver management 
  • Change the app elements
  • Reset passwords
  • Campaign management
  • Plan discounts & promotions
  • Inventory management
  • Managing stores
  • Feedback management
  • Managing payments & commission
  • Push notification
  • Managing menu and categories
  • Reports and analytics

Delivery agent:

  • Registration
  • Delivery agent login
  • accept /reject requests
  • Push notifications
  • Geo-map services
  • Route optimization
  • Scheduling availability
  • Delivery time slot
  • Work history 
  • Earning and reports
  • Ratings & reviews
  • Help & customer support
  • Delivery agent tracker
  • Signature feature
  • Product return
  • Delivery request notification
  • In-app calling or chatting
  • Delivery notification

Vendor panel:

  • Items management
  • brand management 
  • Order management
  • Special offers/coupon code management
  • Track payment
  • Order alerts
  • Order reports
  • Customer support
  • Add products
  • Receive orders
  • Start trip
  • Reject order

Technology aspect:

    Apart from the features, the development of an on-demand grocery app is dependent on more factors. They are,

Technical documentation: 

    It comprises all written documents related to the app development, business requirements, outlining the app architecture, underlying processes, key features, user personas, analysis and scoping, techniques used in the mobile app development, timeframes, and budget.

UI/UX design cost:

    It includes user interaction, usability, and user experience with the app.

The complexity of the app:

    It is defined by the number of various functionalities included in the app. The cost of development is high if the no of added features is more. For instance, the geo-location feature takes around 32-48 hours and the integration of the social login feature cost $500 approximately for each social network connection.

Deployment architecture model:

    It is essential to load information from a server or sync with stored data, or database, upload images, and communicate with other app users. There are two options custom or backend-as-a-service(BaaS) in back-end development. In Custom, clients have their architecture, while in BaaS many readymade Back-end server providers such as Firebase and AWS. Connecting the server to your app via API will cost $10,000 to $24,000 approximately. But building a customized app will cost high.

Third-party integration:

    To offer flawless services, the app needs to communicate with third-party apps(API) such as payment gateway. Developing a basic app with features, like a simple back end, and a pre-defined template with standard analytics functionality takes 600 to 900 approximately. It takes 1600 hours to develop a mid-level app using high-level functionalities such as media processing, customer animation, and real-time sync.

Three main apps like customer, business, and delivery agent combined into one app, an on-demand grocery app. This app has high-level functionalities like in-app payment, real-time sync, real-time tracking, rate and review, custom animation, push notification, complex back-end with various types of database relationships. If three apps are to be developed, the cost also gets increased and may take more than 2000 hours to build.

Selection of platform:

    Followed by iOS, android is the most used OS in the world. There is no big variation in the app development cost for Android and iOS, but there is a considerable difference in the screen size, resolution, and hardware capabilities in the Android environment, which is not in iOS.

If you want to reach more audience, it is better to develop an app with both OS. It will have more impact on the budget.

QA & Testing: 

    QA testing tests the non-functional requirements like performance, automation, security, usability, acceptance test, and integration.

The size of the development team:    

     If the size of the development team is high, then the amount of work completed is also high. The on-demand grocery app needs an exact amalgamation of HTML and CSS, which may increase the development cost.

Development cost is also depending on the niche developers and specialists included. While a large company will charge more, a freelancer or small size of team will charge less.

Technology stack:    

   The technology stack used in the on-demand grocery app varies from business to business. It depends on the skill set and budget fixed for the cost of the mobile app development.

Location of the app development:    

    The cost of the development depends on the location of the development team. Development cost is charged on a per-hour basis and it has changed as we move from Asia to Europe and it is high in North America.

  • India: $10 to $40 per hour
  • Eastern Europe: $30 to $100 per hour
  • U.S: $70 to $150 per hour.

Reusing the code:

    Usually, the cost of app development is more than the budget. The best way to reduce the cost is to reuse the code of an existing app. It helps to reduce the cost of coding by 20 to 30% as compared to developing from scratch. 

    Cost is an important factor that depends on the complexity level. The highly complicated app with a tech stack will cost more than $50,000.


    The total cost of the app development is added by calculating various features, factors, and functionalities. A good approach is to take notes of business needs, create a wireframe of needed features, and then calculate the total cost. If you want to convert your complete idea into a successful grocery app, you can contact a leading grocery app development company like Smarther.


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