34 Companies Offering Grocery Home Delivery
Grocery shopping is one of America's top-five hated household chores. Personally, I'd rather scratch my nails down a blackboard than hit the aisles of any supermarket. And let's not even get started on warehouse stores. Yuck!
Since the inception of the Internet, entrepreneurs have worked to cash in on this loathing by offering grocery delivery to homes and offices via orders placed online. Some have failed dismally, growing too fast and not spending enough time on a working business model. Others, like Peapod, have managed to make it through the start-up years and are slowly expanding across the country. For some reason, however, most major food chains still don't offer home delivery.
I used an online grocery home delivery service several years ago while living in San Francisco and miss it still. The service helped me save gas, avoid impulse buys, and limited visits to restaurants and fast-food emporiums due to an empty fridge. Plus, I bought fewer duplicate items because I could check my pantry as I filled out the online list.
So praise be to the following 34 companies that now offer home delivery of groceries (along with several other products). Service isn't available in all regions of the country, but many companies are rapidly growing into America's "fly-over" regions.
1. Amazon Fresh
Amazon's grocery-delivery service presently only serves Seattle, but their selection is impressive and much of the produce is grown in the region. You can also receive free delivery on nearly every category of product sold on Amazon.
America Grocer ships groceries and health and hygiene products to all 50 states via FedEx Ground (FedEx air to Alaska and Hawaii). They will price match products to those offered by Albertsons.com and Netgrocer.com for non-sale items.
3. Austin Grocer
Austin, Texas, now has its own concierge-style service. Customers send in their lists, an employee personally hand picks your order from your desired store(s), then drops it off at your door. Cost is $34.50/hour, with an additional $10 gas charge for deliveries outside the city limits. Austin Grocer also ships nationally via FedEx. Weekly prepaid "Total Care" packages for the elderly and disabled allow you to save up to 30 percent per hour on delivery charges.
4. Big Apple Grocer
New York metro customers pay $9.99 for delivery of orders from $50 to $149.99. Purchases over $150 are delivered for free. Orders shipped via FedEx are charged $4.99 plus the carrier cost for orders from $25 to $49.99. Orders above $50 are charged only the shipping-carrier fee.
5. Blue Ribbon Foods
This Atlanta-based company delivers all-natural, gourmet food free of charge to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, and North and South Carolinas. Specialties include select pork, Grade A free-range poultry, Black Angus beef, sashimi-grade seafood, and natural and organic vegetables. Customers also can select from such prepared foods as pastas, lemon-pepper chicken, lasagna and chicken cordon bleu. All foods are shipped in vacuum sealed portions. Specialists are available for personal menu planning and nutrition consulting.
6. Coborns Delivers
Serving Minnesota's Twin Cities, Coburns provides next-day delivery seven days a week for a flat $5 fee. You can order from your own master list or customized lists and use manufacturers coupons. Customers needn't be home for delivery as insulated totes keep groceries fresh or frozen for hours at a time.
7. Door-to-Door Organics Door-to-Door
is a year-round service delivering USDA certified organic produce and a growing line of groceries to Colorado, the Kansas City area, Michigan and Chicago. The service is similar to Community Supported Agriculture
in that it delivers a weekly or bi-weekly box of seasonal fruits and veggies. Members can choose from a selection of box sizes and produce mixes -- with prices ranging from $25 to $60 -- and cancel their membership at any time. You can usually schedule deliveries Monday through Friday.
Serving neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut, Fresh Direct
offers 15-percent off your first grocery order. The minimum purchase is $30 and delivery fees range from $5.79 to $6.79. One-day and weekend deliveries are available. The minimum office purchase is $50 with a $14.99 delivery fee.
Organic and gluten-free food are on tap through GoBIO! Based in Ontario but serving both Canada and the U.S., GoBIO! uses Canada Post and offers free shipping for orders over $85. Purchases totaling less than $85 are charged Canada Post shipping rates.
10. Gopher Grocery
Gopher Grocery provides one-day delivery for over 10,000 products to the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Delivery is free for orders over $100 and $2 for purchases of $50 to $99.99. Gopher Grocery claims their prices compare to those of Cub Foods.
Some items are shipped via FedEx ground to arrive within 48 hours, while orders delivered directly by Groceries-Express drivers arrive in a one-hour window selected by the customer. The service also delivers pet, drugstore, health and beauty products, as well as alcoholic beverages.
12. Homeland Delivery
The national service ships groceries (including kosher), household items, office and school supplies, and baby-care products via UPS. Membership is free and cost depends on the weight and destination of your order. The company presently ships from Atlanta.
Operated by Kroger -- which owns King Soopers and City Market -- HomeShop delivers to homes and businesses in areas along Colorado's Front Range. Customers receive free delivery on their first order and pay $9.95 after that. The grocery-delivery service deducts manufacturer-coupon savings upon payment. King Soopers digital coupons are loaded directly to your Loyalty card and are deducted during checkout. HomeShop also delivers wine, beer and spirits to customers over 21.
Max Delivery provides daily shopping service in Manhattan, including groceries, household items, office supplies, DVD rentals, household items, and local gourmet and specialty foods. Deliveries are made within one hour and Max says their prices are comparable to those found at local supermarkets. Delivery is free for orders over $50 and $2.95 for smaller purchases. Spend $100 to receive $10 off and $200 to save $25.
15. My Brands
My Brands ships brand-name groceries (including organics), gourmet foods, cleaning products, and pet supplies directly to your home via UPS. The idea is to provide consumers with access to brands that may not be available in their region. Shipping prices depend on order weight and destination.
This online grocery store delivers food and health and beauty supplies nationwide and to APO/FPO/AA/AP/AE addresses via FedEx. This makes it particularly easy to send care packages to military personnel and students. Netgrocer also sells kosher and organic products
One Click Grocery services university students in Connecticut and New York for free, with a minimum order of $25. If you miss your delivery window, however, you'll pay a $15 fee. Delivery days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Parents can create an account and deposit Grocery Funds for their child's use at a later time. The Loyalty Program provides a $5 savings with every five orders under $50 and $10 for five orders over $50.
The first online home-delivery company (established in 1989) makes home and business deliveries in northeast United States. The service requires a minimum order of $50, with delivery fees from $7 to $10.
19. Pink Dot
Serving the Los Angeles area for over 15 years, Pink Dot is available for private clients or businesses. You can order comfort food or groceries and receive delivery in 30 minutes for a $3.50 fee. The minimum order is $15. There is no charge for the first delivery. Items offered include standard groceries, prepared foods, beer, wine, liquor, tobacco, health and beauty products, and over-the-counter medications.
20. Planet Organics
Members in Northern California receive locally grown produce, artisan foods, groceries, household items, and organic prepared meals and meal kits. Delivery is free in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside this region, Planet Organics only delivers fruits and vegetables for a delivery charge of $4.99. You can place weekly, bi-weekly or monthly orders.
21. Roche Bros.
This full-service online company serves the Boston area for a $9.95/delivery fee. Roche Bros. delivers fresh and packaged groceries, organic products, flowers, and health and beauty items. You can also order online and pick-up your purchase in North Easten or Westborough.
23. Schnucks Express Connection
Place a $50 minimum order online and receive delivery within a designated time window. Typical delivery fees range from $5 to $10. You can use Safeway's online coupons
and input your club-card number for additional savings.
Schnucks serves portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. Purchases are available for delivery or pickup, although schedules vary by location. Same-day delivery is available for $17; next-day delivery is $14; and the pickup fee is $6.95. The website is laid out like a store, so you can compile your list by "cruising" through the aisles. In addition to the standard grocery offerings, Schnucks delivers alcohol, wine, beer and tobacco.
The frozen-food company began making home deliveries in 1952. Drivers run regular routes, so you know exactly when you'll receive your freezer-bagged purchases. You can place your order online, through your driver, or by calling 1-888-SCHWANS.
The online grocery store delivers over 12,000 items nationwide and to APO/FPO addresses via FedEx and USPS. Shipping rates are determined by weight and destination. Shipments to Hawaii, Alaska and military addresses are charged USPS Priority Mail rates. Orders generally arrive within 3-8 days after placement. ShopFedEx also offers bulk items.
Spud.com provides free delivery of sustainable produce to Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California's Orange County. In Canada, they service Vancouver, Van Island and Calgary. Deliveries are made within one week. There's a minimum order amount for free delivery, based on your location. Fees for purchases below the minimum are based on how much you order.
27. Suburban Organics
Suburban services portions of New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The company delivers a selection of fresh organic produce, either weekly or bi-weekly. Customers can make substitutions and add extra items.
This tiny company offers next-day delivery from Magruder's grocery store to Washington, D.C., neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park. Home delivery is a flat $8 fee. Business and hotel deliveries are charged a $13 fee for orders of $50 to $149.99 and $10 for orders of $150 and over. UrbanGrocery adds 13% to current store prices for perishable items. The minimum order is $40.
29. USGrocer.com (formerly AULSuperStore)
USGrocer ships single-units and cases to the Continental United States and APO/FPO/DPO addresses for a flat shipping rate via UPS Ground. The service includes a variety of groceries, cleaning products, baby supplies, health and beauty items, pet food and more. Orders are delivered within one-to-five business days and must be placed by calling 1-800-791-2114.
delivers to Northern California; Seattle; Portland; Phoenix; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and Maryland, Ariz. Receive free delivery on your first order; otherwise, charges range from $6.95 to $12.95. The minimum order is $49. One-hour windows are available and you can get added savings with online specials. Enter your promo codes and grocery coupons at checkout for additional savings. Vons also will add Club Card savings to your order total.
has begun testing an online grocery-delivery service in San Jose, Calif. "Walmart to Go" provides fresh produce, general groceries, baby products, over-the-counter medications, health and beauty products, and household supplies. If the service does well, the company is expected to roll out the program across the country.
Founded in 1999, WeGoShop is the largest, full-service provider serving the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas. Customers use the free service LifeJot.com to create a grocery list and the service gathers your items directly from the local grocery store of your choice, including warehouse stores. You can use printable coupons, but WeGoShop will need to pick them up before shopping for your groceries.
The Warehouse Club that Delivers" offers wholesale prices to New York City, Westchester and SW Fairfield County. Delivery fee is $9.95 for order of $75 or more, and $14.95 for purchases under $75. Items sold include groceries, snacks/candy, beer, household items, pet supplies, drugstore products, and baby needs.
Serving Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Playa Vista in Southern California, Yummy.com offers 30-minute delivery of groceries, household goods, pet supplies, baby-care items, over-the-counter medications, liquor, and tobacco. Order $100 or more and receive free delivery.