Amy Gebler of Seattle, one of the first
epicenters of the coronavirus in the United States, claims that she has become addicted to scoring hard-to-come-by
grocery delivery slots. According
to The Wall Street Journal, the 48-year-old
single mother keeps carts on three separate platforms—Amazon Fresh, Safeway,
and QFC, owned by supermarket
chain Kroger—all of
which she monitors
constantly. Gebler refreshes t
Amid the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended curbside pickup or home delivery whenever possible. In many cities across the country, shopping in-store has become quite an ordeal. Customers must cope with long entrance lines, other stressed consumers seeking to maintain a six-foot distance,andempty shelves where high-demand items would normally be located. Considering this, people and families nationwide have resorted to online services. However, as the demand for delivery has skyrocketed, citizens must be more strategic than ever to secure a slot.
According to Gebler and other expert shoppers, individuals may set
As for Amazon-operated services, there are no mandatory minimums. Fees range from $4.99 to $9.99, and exclusive deals are available to $119-a-year Prime members. When slots are full, Gebler notes that consumers may find more availability through the in-store pickup option at Whole Foods. This is especially true for shoppers who are disabled, high-risk, and 60 plus, as the chain has announced that it will reserve the first hour of pickup for these folks.
Finally, Walmart imposes a cart minimum of $30, delivery fees of $7.95 to $9.95, and offers free-delivery monthly and yearly memberships, priced at $13 and $98, respectively. The corporation allows individuals to update their orders after they are placed, as long as it is before a cut-off time. Furthermore, Walmart enables them to snag a slot up to seven days in advance.
Gebler warns consumers about Chrome extensions and scripts, which may be malicious and capable of harvesting one's personal information. Though "delivery checker" browser tools may be tempting, she states that it is wise to ignore them for this reason. Happy shopping!