Walmart Grocery Delivery
How it works: The process is pretty straightforward; you have two options for ordering groceries. The first option is to select your desired items directly from the Walmart Grocery website. The second option would require you to download the Walmart Grocery app. I prefer the app, but either way, you’ll find a wide selection of groceries that is almost as bountiful as shopping in-person. You are not limited to only selecting food, so you can add useful items like toiletries and over-the-counter medicines. I’ve even used Walmart Grocery Delivery to purchase pots and pans. Once you’ve selected all of your items, the last step is to choose a time for delivery or pickup.
Availability: Many cities throughout the U.S. support the grocery delivery service.
Pricing and delivery: Delivery fees can vary depending on where you live, but they’re usually between $8 to $10. If you sign up for a service called Walmart +, any time you spend $35 minimum you qualify for unlimited deliveries for about $13 per month or $98 annually. Keep in mind, these fees do not include a tip for the delivery driver.
I’ve found the Walmart + subscription to be worth its weight in gold, and you can sign up for a free 15-day trial here. With a Walmart + subscription, you get access to member-only time slots. Sometimes, you can get your items delivered in about two hours, and they’ll arrive before dinnertime! But, I’ve never had to wait longer than 24 hours for my delivery. During the pandemic, I’ve started using Walmart’s Grocery Delivery several times a week. With the Walmart + subscription, I don’t have to worry about making multiple orders because the delivery fees are included.
How it works: Once you sign up for a membership and download the iOS or Android app, all you have to do is select your groceries, choose your delivery option, and check out. Then, in as little as one hour, your Shipt shopper will knock on your door. Shipt currently offers products from major grocery chains, such as Publix, Kroger, Fry’s, and H-E-B, and uses teams of local shoppers to handpick your items, ensuring that your order of fresh produce is actually fresh. Customers can use this app during store hours, which in some cases means 24-hour availability.
Availability: Shipt is currently available in several major cities in the Southeast, as well as Texas, Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio.
Pricing and delivery: A Shipt membership costs $100 a year or $14 per month, and members get free delivery on orders that exceed $35. Otherwise, there’s a delivery fee. The price of grocery items is also slightly higher than if you were to buy them at a brick-and-mortar store yourself. Tipping your shopper is encouraged, too, and can be done via the Shipt app.
How it works: Fresh Direct is a delivery service which focuses on, you guessed it, freshness. If you’re concerned about where your vegetables come from, or if your chicken is free-range, Fresh Direct is definitely worth checking out. In addition to providing daily quality ratings for its produce, Fresh Direct includes explanatory information for many of its products, so you know exactly how your food arrived on your doorstep.
Availability: Fresh Direct is available in many cities in the Northeast, including cities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Pricing and delivery:< The delivery fee varies depending on location, but you can expect to pay about $6 on a minimum order of $30. Fresh Direct doesn’t offer immediate delivery, but its FoodKick service offers faster delivery times.