There’s no doubt that life with kids can be extremely busy—and that’s why we are totally on board with basically any and all grocery stores that deliver. Who doesn’t want to take back precious time and avoid the crowds and long lines at the supermarket? We do! We’ve rounded up several of the biggest grocery stores that deliver (and info on how to get Trader Joe’s delivery) across the United States, so say goodbye to long lines and hello to door-to-door grocery deliveries.
Editor’s Note: This story was written before COVID-19 shelter-in-place recommendations, so it’s best to check each store for delays and updates.
For a lot of people, strolling the aisles of Target is like a religious experience. But for those of us with kids and no time to spare, Target's new partnership with Shipt is the perfect way to get groceries, essentials and more delivered right to your door.
You can choose from thousands of items, including food, baby, bath, kitchen, pet supplies, school supplies and more. You can start with a free four-week trial, and when those four weeks are up, you have the options of an annual Shipt plan for $99 for unlimited orders of $35 or more. Or, you can pay per as you order for same-day delivery. Shipt also works with CVS, Petco, and more.
Buying bulk is a must for big families, or really for any families. Now you can forget having to schlep giant jars of peanut butter and cases of apple juice, Costco now offers delivery through Instacart, which also delivers from local stores like ShopRite, Safeway, Giant, and more based on your location. For those that use Instacart more regularly, they offer Instacart Express, which includes reduced service fees, free delivery on orders over $35, and more.
Recently, grocery chain Aldi tested grocery delivery in several large markets in partnership with Instacart—and they keep expanding to more and more zip codes across the country. The company anticipates that 80 percent of its stores will have a delivery option. In addition to delivery, Aldi has been testing curbside pickup. Customers can buy groceries online, then come to the store to pick them up where an Aldi employee will bring your grocery haul right to your car.
Since its acquisition by Amazon, Whole Foods has continued to expand its grocery delivery service with the help of the online retailer. As of press time, shoppers in over 50 cities can buy online and receive orders in as little as two hours, including the newest additions of Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
What can't Amazon do? Amazon Prime members have long known that AmazonFresh offers the convenience of grocery delivery, even without a physical grocery store. Why leave home, when you can add produce, meat, seafood, dairy, frozen items, and even paper products to your digital shopping cart...and then have it delivered to your doorstep?
Amazon recently did away with the $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee. In most cities, the minimum order amount is $35, but in New York City it rises to $50. Amazon Fresh is currently available in over 2,000 cities across the US.
While Trader Joe's itself does not offer delivery (and it's a big point of contention of Trader Joe's Facebook groups), you can still get your TJ's fix by using a delivery service options to bring your groceries to you: Use Postmates for door-to-door service. Delivery is free for all orders over $25 when you order from a Postmates Plus business (otherwise it's an added $3.99) and there's also a $9.99 monthly subscription fee.
Kroger & Ralphs
Kroger and Ralphs also use Instacart for curbside and grocery delivery for over 1,200 of its locations. In recent news, the company also launched Kroger Ship, a new website that offers more than 50,000 groceries, household, beauty and pet food products. They started in Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, and Nashville and keep expanding their delivery locations.
Publix uses Instacart to manage its grocery delivery service. When you use the Instacart app, you can get same-day delivery and many times, your order can arrive within an hour! Customers have the option for grocery and liquor delivery, in addition to curbside pickup.
––Felissa Allard with Karly Wood
Feature photo courtesy Amazon Fresh