The first step to begin ordering groceries and supplies to your home is related to your zip code. This is true whether you are visiting your favorite grocery store’s website, or maybe using their app on your phone. It might be King Soopers, Safeway, or another local grocery store with the app that you’ve recently downloaded onto your phone. No matter what it is, the first step is always inputting your zip code. The reason for this is that the retailer wants to find the closest location to your residence. This will save time and money when it comes to delivery fees. For instance, you might live in a location with multiple King Soopers locations. Your zip code will help the app determine which store is closest to. And if you’re going to do curbside pickup, this will also save you time on driving.
Step two in the delivery process is creating an online account with the retailer. Whether that be Publix or Kroger or Safeway, they’ll ask you to set up a new account. Your username will usually be your email, and you’ll want to make a unique password for this website. GroovyTek especially places an emphasis on unique passwords for grocery sites. This is because you’ll likely be inputting your financial information to pay for the groceries you’re about to buy. Large corporations are sometimes susceptible to hacks, but these apps are very safe and well protected.
Once you’ve accomplished both of those things, now it’s time to begin shopping. Each app or online interface is a little bit different. The main idea, though, is searching for items via the search bar. If you type in milk, it will bring up all the milk options available. It’ll allow you to press a button. In one click, you can add that milk to your shopping cart. You’ll want to go through your list of items, search for each one, and find them in your shopping cart. You can do anything at the store … meat, dairy, produce, or paper products. Anything that the store carries will be on the website for you.
When you place items in your cart, you’ll see whether those items are in stock or not. Oftentimes you will be offered alternative selections to items that are not currently in stock at that specific store. If you do place an online order, it can put your order ahead of the queue. If you put in that order, and stock is limited, the item will be reserved until you’re ready to pick it up. Just like your shopping cart fills as you go through the store, walking around and throwing items in your cart, this is the digital version. You’re going to be grabbing items, clicking “add to cart” instead of physically grabbing them, and it will place them in a virtual shopping cart for you.
When you’re done adding all of your items to your cart, you then proceed to the checkout process. As you press check out, the system is going to bring up a tally of all the items you're about to purchase, the ones that are in your cart currently. That’s a good time to review and make sure all the items you want are there or are in stock. This is your chance to go through that list before you buy it. Always take a minute to double-check that you aren’t doubling up on the number of items you select. Sometimes you might have accidentally selected more than one of an item, or maybe you added something to your bag twice by accident. A quick check can be helpful.
One of the great features of shopping for groceries online is that we can do pick up or delivery. This is the part, after you check out, where the store asks if you want to do pick up or delivery. Many times, there will be a delay. You may not be able to pick up your groceries until later tonight or tomorrow. They will ask you to schedule a time and date so they can either deliver or help load the groceries into your car. There’s a designated area where you can park at the grocery store. For instance, King Soopers has one. It’s often off to the side or near the back of the store. It’s a place with marked signs where you can park, and they know you’re there for grocery pickup. Scheduling also works for delivery. Maybe you’d like your groceries delivered after you get off work, and want to be there to open the door whenever you’re ready.
Usually, for a small fee, the store will drive your groceries to your place of residence. Some will even come in and put your groceries away for you if you’d like. That’s where the service fee comes in. This fee is usually ten dollars or less. They can drop them off at your front doorstep, or they can bring them into the home. Some places don’t deliver, and that’s something to note.
Trader Joe’s is one of those that doesn’t deliver. However, third-party applications like Postmates or Instacart will go to Trader Joe’s and shop your groceries for you. Most of the major retailers do their own delivery, but some of your favorite grocery stores might not have their own dedicated system.
If you’re looking to get interested in grocery store delivery, we encourage you to jump in headfirst. You can order a few items and see if it’s something that you’re interested in doing. And if you hit any snags, and can’t figure out how to move forward, TekHelp is here to help. We’re excited to help you can order food and groceries seamlessly online, no matter where you live or how ‘tech-savvy’ you are.