Meijer, Inc.

Internet grocers gain again

Grocery shopping via the Internet, for years an emblem of the dot-com collapse, is coming back to life as businesses big and small experiment with new ways of selling food online.

Industry analysts expect online grocery sales to reach $4.2 billion this year, up 27 percent from last year. Though still less than 1 percent of all grocery purchases, online sales are predicted to double by the end of the decade.

Two major retailers, and Meijer Inc., recently announced their official forays into the market. They, like others, are employing different strategies to find the best way to sell food online.

Consumers can now order nonperishable food in bulk with...