As I’ve stated often, I do not go to the grocery store. Up until the pandemic, I relied on grocery deliver services, mainly Shipt (from Meijer or Target) or Instacart (from Costco). Lately, those services have become unreliable, and I haven’t had a fresh grocery delivery since March 24. I have also tried to use delivery from Whole Foods, without success.
As I have mentioned, I do have food tucked away in my freezer and pantry, and some fruit and veg in my refrigerator. I also mentioned that my refrigerator stopped working last weekend, but I was able to save most of my food by using a mini refrigerator that I happen to have. One thing I know for sure. As soon as they are available again, I plan to buy a small backup freezer.
Here is what I have been doing and experiencing on the grocery front:
I have had good luck using Amazon Pantry. The availability of items varies radically from hour to hour, and deliveries are delayed, but the items have arrived in good order. I have ordered other items from Amazon (shelf stable milk, for example) that have been received. I actually ordered POTATOES through Amazon that were sent from Wyoming. They were expensive, but very nice and they arrived here yesterday in good condition. I must have potatoes!
Amazon has also improved their Whole Foods delivery by allowing you to sign up for notification when delivery is available. I haven’t heard from them in a couple of days, however.
Costco delivery is really screwed up. I have two orders placed and acknowledged by them for 2-day delivery items. One was placed on April 6 and the other on April 9. Still not shipped, although they still plan to. Who knows when?
Costco’s same-day delivery has improved. I was able to place an order today for delivery sometime from April 20 – 22. I’ll let you know if and when it arrives, and how many of the items I ordered are actually delivered.
Are you able to obtain the groceries you need? How are the stores in your area responding to the abnormal demands on their stocks and on their employees?