With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on the rise, many experts like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that individuals practice social distancing by avoiding crowded places and limiting large groups of people coming together. But where does this leave us for essential tasks like grocery shopping?
For those who are unable or concerned about venturing out to the store for necessities, there are personal shopping and delivery services available through a number of vendors. We are not endorsing or recommending any particular service, but wanted to offer a couple of options that we know of and have friends and/ or family use with positive results:
Instacart and Shipt offer local personal shoppers who will shop for your groceries at the store of your choosing (based on availability in your zip code) and deliver them directly to your doorstep. We have friends and family who have tried both of these services with success. Typically, they can deliver on the same day that you place your order, which makes this service responsive to your needs and whims.
In terms of ease of use, both are fairly simple, and both offer support if you need help. As you can imagine, their services – including help – is experiencing high volume. That said, these services can be a great solution for those who wish to stay at home.
When using these services, you can follow these steps to keep your distance and get what you need
- Avoid a direct hand-off. Arrange to have the items delivered to your doorstep or a place nearby instead. Instacart added that option last week; other companies have places on their order forms where you can indicate special delivery instructions.
- Tip electronically. One benefit of ordering deliveries online or via an app is that you don’t have to hand the delivery person money. Opportunities to tip the delivery person are included in most of the delivery apps and online ordering systems.
- Order earlier than you usually do. Though it’s not a safety issue, you may find that in the midst of higher demand you have to wait longer. AmazonPrime Now, which chiefly delivers from Whole Foods, also mentions that “availability may be limited,” though it’s not clear whether that means delivery times are limited, items are limited, or both.
Posted March 19, 2020 in Lifestyle News Articles