January 1, 1970
How Shopping Saves Time, Money
Find A Grocery Delivery Service Near You
If you live in a major city, suburb, or other metro area, odds are there's a major national grocery chain near you that will deliver. Peapod is one of the larger national chains, and offers grocery delivery in major metro areas on the East Coast of the United States and most supermarkets owned by Royal Ahold. Safeway, North America's second largest supermarket chain, offers grocery delivery in markets nationwide under its own brand and the names of its subsidiary stores. If you don't have a Safeway in your area, you probably have a store that's part of the Safeway family, like Von's, Pavilions, and Genuardi's.
You don't have to rely on major supermarket chains though. Amazon Fresh supports markets in the Seattle metro area, Fresh Direct supports the New York City area, Schwan's offers an all-online subscription-style frozen food shopping and delivery service that supports most of the United States, ShopFoodEx also services all 50 US states, many countries around the world, and APO/FPO/DPO boxes worldwide, Netgrocer offers US and international grocery deliveries, and Amazon Grocery offers select items to customers anywhere in the US.
Check your local supermarket's web site to see if they offer a home delivery option—many let you sign up and shop online right on their web sites, others will hand you off to a third-party that manages the process for them. If none of the above cover you, odds are one of your local stores does.
How to Get Started with Your Local Delivery Service
While there's no one single service that supports everyone, most of them work just like any other online retailer. You'll need to sign up for an account, shop for your groceries, add items to your cart, and check out with your preferred credit or debit card. Just like when you buy a DVD at Amazon or music at iTunes, all of the standard tips to avoid fraud online and tips to avoid online scams apply when you're shopping at an online supermarket.
When you check out, the first thing you'll notice is the delivery charge, usually something like $5 or another specific fee based on the size of your order. Think of it as the equivalent to a shipping fee, and many grocery stores will waive the delivery fee entirely or give you a discount for your first order or your first repeat order. The last thing you'll need to do is schedule a delivery window when you know you'll be home to accept your food. When I order through Peapod, I can reschedule deliveries up to a few hours before the delivery window, so if I know I won't make it home in time for the doorbell, I can always bump out the delivery by a couple of hours.