Recently, Costco was added to the list of Instacart delivery stores. Instacart is a grocery delivery business in the Bay Area, that allows to order your goods via your iPhone, iPad, or their website. Once you place your order, it is handed off to an Instacart Personal Shopper and they fullfil the order in as little as an hour, though you can place orders up to 7 days in advance. Costco joins their small, but select, group of stores that you can shop from: Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods. Unfortunately, this service is only available in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Mountain View and parts of Sunnyvale. And even more unfortunate is that Costco delivery is only available in San Francisco.
Naturally, there are some good and less good parts of getting your Costco delivery through Instacart. You will have to pay a $9.99 delivery fee on your Costco shopping. Of course, if you buy quite a bit of stuff that isn’t so bad and you won’t have to worry about waiting in the long, long lines at Costco. The good thing though is that you don’t have to have a Costco membership to order through Instacart. This is perfect for people that want to try out some of the Costco items. Or, more likely, this is the perfect way to not have a membership but still be able to stock up on goodies for parties, holidays, or family visits.
They have an interesting mix of grocery items that you can order from Costco, ranging from fruit to dog treats. As you would expect they have a very wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available. They also have a full compliment of dairy products, including milk, soy milk, almond milk, eggs, butter, and yogurt. And of course, they also have my favourite category represented with cheese. Their delivery options also include deli meats, sausages, smoked salmon, and anchovies. Plus, you can get fresh meat, chicken, and seafood, as well as bacon. They’ve also got what seems to be the full compliment of Costco’s frozen foods section available for delivery too. They’ve got all kinds of pantry supplies like soup, spices, canned tuna, canned vegetables, snacks, bottled water, soda, juice, and cereal. They also allow you to choose from several bakery items like breads and Costco’s delicious chocolate chunk cookies. And as if that weren’t enough, you can also order paper supplies like paper plates, plastic utensils or napkins, or cleaning supplies such as trash bags, paper towels, toilet tissue, and laundry and dish detergents. They’ve also got all of the health and beauty items for adults and babies too, like shampoo, toothpaste, Band-Aids, lotion, diapers, baby wipes, and Advil. They’ve even got things for your dog such as dog food, pig ears and dental chews, as well as flea control products. It really is all the things you could ever want, and that you would want someone else to pick out for you. It’s a pretty comprehensive list of everything that Costco sells that can be construed as grocery store items.
This is a great service and I am totally jealous. When I’m in the UK I really depend on grocery delivery from Ocado because it is a huge selection that is bigger than any of the stores around me have, plus I can shop whenever I want, even at midnight in my jammies, and have it delivered right to my door. Of course, I would love it even more if there were someplace that I could order Costco UK grocery delivery from too. I’ve never really understood why grocery delivery hasn’t caught on in the US, but perhaps Instacart will be the company that can pull it off, especially now that they’ve got Costco in the list. Is there anyone around SF that has tried the Instacart service for delivery from Costco? I’d love to hear about it, if so.