Shopping at big-box stores like Costco has plenty of perks: bulk quantities to stock up on, cheap wholesale pricing, and all those glorious free samples. But if you don't have time to trek through a warehouse for all your groceries and household supplies — and then haul everything home — there's a new option for you.
Seven months after announcing a test-run with delivery service Shipt in Tampa Bay, Costco is finally rolling out its delivery program nationwide. Thanks to a new partnership with Instacart, you can get same-day deliveries (within an hour!) or opt for two-day delivery on all your groceries.
Here's How It Works
Both fresh produce and dry goods are eligible for the same-day delivery, but this option is only available at 376 Costco locations so far. The other catch is that a 10 percent service fee is added to any same-day order, and the food you buy will be marked up by about 15 to 17 percent more than if you picked up the same items at the store yourself.
What's more, same-day orders must be at least $35 if you want to avoid any other additional fees. However, the two-day delivery option will be available for customers purchasing dry, non-perishable groceries, and it'll be free for orders of $75 or more at all locations across the country.
Costco Has the Edge
This convenient new addition to Costco is no doubt an attempt to keep up with competitors like Amazon and Walmart, which have already offered grocery delivery for some time. Although the edge Costco has over other retailers, as the Los Angeles Times points out, is that its warehouse model is already an ideal environment for an e-commerce push like this. Now the brand can potentially reach even more new customers who might not live as close to its locations. And we can all reclaim some of our grocery shopping time.