As you might expect, grocery shopping online USA, is alive and growing by leaps and bounds. There is already a great variety of online grocery sites. This list is not exhaustive, but is here to introduce you to what you might find out there. At least a few grocery sites are likely to deliver to your address.
I've been checking out Grocery Outlet and was really impressed by their site. Then I discovered that they don't offer online shopping. This site just promotes their chain of stores - where you have go personally to shop. Mind you, now that I see how fast they move excess product from other producers at wonderful bargain prices, I realize that their model maybe doesn't lend itself too well to online orders and delivery to your door. Too bad. It sounds like the kind of store I would love to shop AT - if I were grocery shopping online in the USA.
It's possible to bid on food and wine at eBay. Something I had not ever noticed before. I notice some sellers are offering recipes, and expecting people to bid on them. Easy money if they do! (Maybe I should be rounding up good recipes, eh...?) However, eBay does not deliver to your door, it ships foods like other ebay products.
The Mashable blog lists 50 online grocery shops in the USA, and so I've used some of those links for part of my research. Not all of them are for residents of the USA.
Amazon has added a groceries and gourmet foods section to their vast range of products. They deliver just about anywhere you are, and if you subscribe to regular shipments, you can keep some items coming to you on a regular basis.
NetGrocer delivers groceries across America, right to your door. In most states that is same-day delivery, a few areas on their map have to wait a few days. If you live abroad and set up an account at AccessUSA, (which is basically a rental of an American mailing address), they will ship your order there, and AcessUSA will then forward it to you anywhere internationally. In fact, NetGrocer does deliver directly to the following military zip codes; APO/FPO AA, AP or AE. Yes, you can do grocery shopping online USA, even if you live elsewhere!
ShopFoodEX offers nationwide mail order delivery, and home delivery in the Roanoke, VA area. ShopFoodEx has a price matching offer for certain goods. Their shipping information page is quite helpful. They will ship internationally too, but you need to click on a certain link to be taken to a separate checkout for international orders.
About a dozen grocery chains, including Albertson (and Acme Markets above) have been bought up by a super chain, SuperValu. Apparently these smaller chains or companies still operate under their own names, but SuperValu supplies all their products. It seems to look after all their websites too, as they all look alike. But - that's okay, if you can do your grocery shopping online USA.
This means of course, that if if one grocer (company) does not have a store in your area, another one very likely does. (Their map is full of red dots from the mid-west to the east coast of the USA, and also on the far west coast). Look for links to find names of grocery shops you might recognize, such as: CUB, Farm Fresh, Hornbacker's, Shop n' Save, and Shoppers.
AmazonFresh is a separate company founded by Amazon.com, and offers over-night delivery as an option for those living in certain zip codes in the Seattle-area in the state of Washington. Amazon Fresh will delivery orders to your doorstep by 6 a.m. if you have placed the order online by midnight. It's called Pre-Dawn Doorstep Delivery. Everything is in special tote bags with gel packs to keep things either chilled or warm, as needed.
You will notice Amazon.com products on the site too, and those will be processed separately from your AmazonFresh order, but the shopping cart services is all handled for them by Amazon.com.
(I've seen some people rave about Amazon Fresh on some forums about shopping, and looking into it now, I would to try it too if I were grocery shopping online USA !)
BlueRibbonFoods delivers by truck to the southeast United States, specializing in beef, pork, seafood and more. Oddly enough, I can't find prices or how to place orders online from this site. It shows fine cuts of meat, and great, appetizing recipes, and works hard to prove that they a very excellent organization. There is a contact address, and prominent phone number in the top right of the header, but I'm guessing you have to phone first to set up an account and then will probably be directed to the shopping cart pages.
Another seller of gourmet foods, found in New York City, now offering home grocery delivery in the region. Here you have to fill out an application form for a House account before you may shop there. Be aware that they will insist on your Social Insurance number.
FreshDirect serves the New York City metro area, focusing heavily on fresh foods like seafood and meats, as well as general items. They deliver to many neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens as well as select areas of Staten Island, Westchester, Southern Fairfield and Nassau Counties. They also deliver in Riverdale, Jersey City, Hoboken and now more New Jersey townships along the Hudson River.
The photo tour of their efforts at "freshness" is interesting! However, you cannot see or start to order without providing a zip code that is in their delivery region.
Formerly HomeShop, Krogers delivers to several cities in Colorado, allowing for grocery shopping online USA. Their map for delivery implies that they cover a wide range in Colorado. It includes locations in Aspen Park, Brighton, Castle Rock, Cheyenne, Colorado Springs, Conifer, Denver (including Arvada, Aurora, Broomfield, Englewood, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Louisville, Parker, Steamboat Springs, Superior, Thornton, and Wheat Ridge), Fort Collins, Greeley, Evergreen, Longmont, Boulder, Loveland, Monument and Pueblo.
I find it interesting to discover that Max Delivery brings your order to your door within an hour - on a bicycle! Of course, this is to a large portion of Manhattan, so when you stop to think of it, it makes sense. They will not get stuck in traffic - so yes, they are able to deliver within an hour. Or else they will cancel your delivery charge, which is only $2.95 for orders smaller than $75. Max can bring you DVDs as well as groceries, but not all your other general merchandise.
Their vegetable prices are a bit higher than I'm used to paying, but the service sounds good, and I liked the background on how Chris Siragusa began this business.
Peapod, founded by the Parkinson brothers in 1989, and by 1996, the first to offer online shopping for groceries. It seems in the beginning they, and their wives and other relatives, delivered the groceries themselves in their personal vehicles, but the idea caught on and they grew by leaps and bounds. In 2000 they were bought out by the Dutch grocery giant, Royal Ahold, but the Parkinson brothers are still involved in management.
Currently they serve 12 USA cities and their surrounding areas. These are bunched in three areas;
Directly from Peapod, they deliver groceries to Chicagoland, Milwaukee, S.E. Wisconsin, and Indianapolis.
Peapod, in conjunction with Stop & Shop stores delivers groceries to;
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey.
Together with Giant stores, Peapod delivers groceries in;
Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Do they deliver in your area? Find out by entering your zip code on - Peapod.com. They say their delivery charges can be as low as $6.95, and you may schedule delivery for two weeks in advance. Since they keep your cart open all that time you can go back online and add or take off items on your shopping list.
It sure looks like Peapod has learned to lead the way in grocery shopping online USA!
RocheBros, is a full-line grocery store servicing the Boston,MA area, from and around their ten stores. Although one has to sign up to really check out their products, I can see that they offer high quality and try to bring in more organic and natural merchandise all the time. They look out for their employees, so it must be a pleasure to work for them.
The Safeway grocery store chain has stores all over the USA and Canada, however it currently offers delivery from their physical retail shops to residential locations in the following areas: Northern California: San Francisco, Marin, Greater North Bay, East Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, Peninsula, Monterey, Salinas Portland, OR Seattle, WA Greater Phoenix, AZ Maryland, Philadelphia, Washington DC. Enter your zip code on the website to find out if they deliver in your own area. Delivery charges start at $6.95 but vary by the size of your order and the delivery time. There is also a fuel surcharge.
There are several windows (blocks) of delivery time over two shifts on regular shopping days. You may choose these at the time you place your order, but that is conditional on availability. Safeway refuses to deliver to an unattended address, so you need to arrange for someone at least 18 or older to be at the delivery address to receive the order.
Schnucks Express delivers groceries to a large sections of Missouri, and Illinois and even Bettendorf, Iowa. You will find helpful maps and lists of zip codes where they deliver or where at the least you may order online and go pick up your order. The site has a bit of a home-made look to it, but it has a good tutorial and lots of helpful information. There is, of course, no way of seeing their products without signing up first of all.
UrbanGrocery deliveries of goods from Magruder’s to the Washington D.C. area. The owner seems to be very personable and I see he and his wife are into other activities that are worthy and helpful to their community. However, the site is a bit confusing. It purports to be an online grocery site, but refers to selling software so that you can set up your own online grocery site yourself. When I tried those demo links I found some "dead" links and some that seemed inconsistent. Their shopping site seems to work okay. I would just ask more questions and dig deeper if I were considering the software.
Spud.ca appears to be a real leader and innovator in grocery shopping online in Canada - and in some larger metro areas in the USA on the west coast. They started out in the lower mainland of British Columbia, and now do this in other delivery areas.
Spud will source your produce and groceries as local as possible to you, to support organic family farms and producers. Shopping with Spud.ca saves you time, gas, frustration, and also lowers your carbon footprint.
Delivery Areas for Canadian Locations include; Vancouver, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and Calgary.
They use local sources in these USA locations to provide the same kind of grocery delivery; Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles.