What Is Shipt?Shipt is the home delivery service in which groceries and essentials are delivered to your home. The items are ordered via the Shipt app or the desktop version and can be at your home within 2 hours.
How Does Ordering Work?You are virtually shopping on the computer screen and adding items to the cart. The interface is very user friendly and the screens are self explanatory through the ordering process.
After the cart is filled you "check out" and select a delivery time frame. The delivery window is by the hour.
The shopping order is then processed and waiting for a shopper to accept the order. Once a shopper accepts the order you are notified via text or within the desktop screen.
I have ordered items by 1 p.m. and the groceries have been on the driveway at 2 p.m., the deliveries have been very expedient.
I have been impressed thus far and one of the reasons I have been trialing Shipt is to vet the service for a homebound neighbor. This could be a very valuable asset to have in the toolbox for caregiving, not just the convenience factor of home delivery.
What Stores Participate In Shipt?In my urban area (where big box stores are in great abundance) the participating stores are Target, Meijer and Petco.
What Is The Cost Of ShiptI have been participating on the trial which is free.
The annual fee is $99.00 a year; however I have seen sales for the service for $49.00 a year.
Delivery Or Pickup?Thus far I have only used the Shipt delivery service; however the Pickup option can also be utilized. Because I do live in an area where it is not unusual to find multiple stores within 5 miles, the Pickup option can be very useful. I have frequented other services which offer the pack and pick up service and I have found this service to be a huge time saver.
ProsUser friendly screens
Reasonable annual cost
Convenient, easy to use
Free trial offered
This one area I would like to see an improvement is the stock in store versus the stock reflected on the app screen. Just as happens with an in store shopping experience items are not always in stock. The majority are, but sale items are in high demand and the shopping app stock is not always reflective of the actual stock found by the shopper.
I've definitely enjoyed the service and would recommend using the trial offered by Shipt to explore if this would be a useful service for your lifestyle. I do plan on giving Shipt as a Christmas gift this year!
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