If you hate going to the grocery store, you’re not alone. Taking the lead from retailers like Amazon and Google, Costco is now joining the growing number of grocery stores to team up with delivery services that bring fresh goods right to your door. Grocery delivery services are so popular, in fact, that the Food Market Institute expects 20 percent of grocery shopping to take place online by 2025 — that’s $100 billion in annual sales.
Costco partnered with delivery service Shipt to distribute its products in the Tampa metro area this week, with plans to expand to 50 markets by the end of the year. A Shipt membership will run you $99 per year for unlimited Costco deliveries, but Tampa area residents can try the service free of charge for their first two weeks. Those who do will receive a $15 discount off their first Shipt order.
Wondering how Costco compares to other popular grocery delivery services? Here’s a breakdown:
- Instacart Express
- $149 per year
- Delivery fee: $4-$6 depending on order size; $10 minimum order
- $14.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership ($99 per year)
- Delivery fee: $9.99 for orders under $40; free delivery for orders over $40
- $60-$140 per week depending on plan
- Delivery fee: Free
- $119 per year after 60-day trial
- Delivery fee: About $6.99 depending on location
- Google Express
- $95 per year
- Delivery fee: Free delivery with annual membership or $4.99 per store
Shipt already partners with other grocery providers, including Whole Foods and regional chains H-E-B, Harris Teeter and Meijer, which will also begin delivering products across the Midwest area before expanding nationwide.
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