LIMA — People who are stuck at home, avoiding public places or are just curious about grocery delivery and pickup are turning to this online service at local stores.
Chief Supermarket, on South Cable Road, Lima, is the only Lima store in its chain in Lima that currently offers the online grocery option.
Justin Long, store director, said the number of people using the service since the coronavirus outbreak started has skyrocketed.
“We have been able to stay up with the demand and offer our customers fresh products,” Long said.
“This option delivers convenience to our customers and also keeps risk down, so they are not coming in contact with the disease.”
He said staff has worked hard to deliver what he said is an essential service.
To use the service visit ChiefMarkets.com, and create an account with your name, email address, address and phone number. Click on the store location you want to pick up groceries from, click on shop, and select the items for your order. People can designate what timeframe they want to pick up groceries. Pick-up times are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Customers will receive an email confirmation that their order is ready.
Meijer corporate staff say there also has been an increase in online grocery orders since coronavirus was announced.
To use the service, customers visit Meijer.com and set up an account under account setting. They will be asked to provide their name, address and credit card payment information. Then click on delivery pickup, and select the items you would like. Customers check out, and they will be offered time blocks for pickup. The store will contact buyers via email or text message when the items are ready for pickup.
Walmart also offers an online grocery option. Users are asked to visit the online grocery shopping section on Walmart.com or use the Walmart Grocery App. Fill up your online cart with food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, diapers and more, check out and select a pickup time (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.) that works for you. If you order before 1 p.m., you can get same-day pickup.
Walmart employees will pull and bag your items and bring them out to your car (and load them for you) at your appointed time. Wait for the confirmation that your order is ready. Use the app to check in when you’re on your way, so the order will be ready when you arrive. Be sure to park in the designated pickup area.
Walmart grocery pickup is free. However, your store may require you to place a minimum order. That minimum amount will display in your cart, so you know how much more you need to order.
Customers can use the promo code WOWFRESH to get $10 off your first order of $50 or more.
There are limits, though. Customers can’t use manufacturers’ coupons (paper or digital) with Walmart grocery at this time. Cash is not an accepted form of payment on these orders.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362