I finally broke down and signed up for Shipt, an on-demand grocery delivery service. Let me give you the background. My twins woke up hurting from teething Monday night, which means all of us got a few less hours of sleep. We had exhausted every play area and watched both “Frozen” and “Tangled” in the same day. And then I realize I’m running low on infant Motrin and milk. So basically we are in a state of emergency at my house. Normally I would just pack us and go to the store but there is some major tantrum throwing happening, so I logged in and added my items and voila…Shipt to the rescue.
The concept is pretty simple, but brilliant. I shop a list of items from my local store, Publix in my case, and when I finish my cart, a local shopper grabs my order and starts shopping. You can specify if you want them to contact you if something is unavailable, make a judgement call, or omit that item. Delivery is free and unlimited on orders over $35 (with a membership), but of course you should expect a markup on your items. Based on my orders so far, most items seem to be 5-10%. I opted for a monthly membership, but I will soon be upgrading to the cheaper, yearly membership. The coverage map below shows the current cities that Shipt operates.
Here’s a few screen grabs from my ordering process from iOS. I think I might even save money since it’s harder to impulse buy. There are options to shop by category, previous purchases, sale items, and even a way to add an item you need that is not listed (but buyer beware for any special addition items, expect a 20% markup on these! Ouch!).
Thank you Shipt and my shopper, Bethany, definitely worth it for me!