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Grocery shopping from home at a time of social distancing

Posted by Adam in Shopping, 3/21, 10:39 AM

Be it as part of social distancing efforts or part of self-isolation, at no time has the option to remotely make grocery purchases been more important. 

While all local grocery stores remain open during this time and many are visiting stores to efficiently and safely make purchases while respecting social distancing guidelines, an assortment of Brandon grocers have options that allow for purchases to be made online or by phone and then physically getting those purchases by pickup or delivery. Below is a roundup of known local options as of the time of this posting. From my experience in doing test orders, during these unusual times one is best being prepared to be flexible when it comes to many items depending on selection and recommended substitutions while at the same time also respecting that stores and delivery services are adapting to ongoing demand for the service. 

Bulk Barn

Starting April 3, Bulk Barn will be offering online ordering through their website for customer pickup. Customer picks out the items they would like for their order online through the website, then the store will have it ready for pickup same-day as long as the order is submitted before 4pm (they'd need at least 2 hours notice). Orders submitted after 4pm are ready by noon next-day.

At pickup you'd come into the store and they'd ring you through... meaning pricing is the same as if you picked out the order yourself. They aren't charging anything extra to assemble the order or pickup. No minimum order value.

Freshii

Have introduced Freshii Essentials delivery service. Offering delivery of bundles for $45 that include Romaine Lettuce (1 lb), Spinach (1 lb), 3 Avocados, 1 Broccoli Crown, 3 Large Carrots, 1 English Cucumber, 4 Green Apples, 1 Red Onion, 2 Large Tomatoes, 4 Bananas, 2 Freshii Green Genius Juice. Delivery charge is $3, with that charge being waived for the introductory week of March 30th. Pickup also available. Now booking in advance for the entire month of April with next-day service available for orders called in before 3pm. Orders can be placed by calling either location at 204-725-4124 or 204-725-8371 with app-based ordering coming soon.

Heritage Co-op

Offering phone-in delivery service at 204-727-5660. Previously Monday to Friday and now expanded to include Saturday. Customers call in their grocery order by 11am, discussing special requests as needed. The store then shops the order, phoning back where substitutes might be necessary. 

Cost is $8 per order ($3 for the shopping portion and $5 for delivery). Orders must at minimum be $35 including fees. 

Deliveries are aimed for on the same day. With demand naturally on the rise at present, some days have seen deliveries take place in the evening. 

Payment is via cash at the door. Cheque can also be used by members in good standing and credit card for members who have a physical imprint of their card on file with the store. 

Safeway

Now offering delivery and pickup service on Monday through Saturday. 

Customers can call the store at 204-726-8014 to place orders with payment by credit card. Charge is $5.50 for the shopping component and an additional $4.00 for delivery on top of that. No minimum order value. . 

Orders available for same-day delivery with three hours notice.  

Curbside service is also an option with only the $5.50 shopping charge applying in that case. 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Delivery is available from a selection of the store’s product via Instacart‘s app or instacart.ca website. Delivery orders are placed by creating and logging into an account with Instacart, choosing from available delivery windows, shopping through a selection of groceries online and completing the purchase of your cart items when done. Account for Instacart fees and driver tip. Note that as I type this on Saturday, the next delivery window is showing as being within five hours but I imagine that can fluctuate. When checking out, Instacart includes the option to ask that an order be left on your doorstep. 

Sobeys West

Now offering delivery and pickup service on Monday through Saturday. 

Customers can call the store at 204-727-3431 to place orders with payment by credit card. Normal charge is $5 for the shopping component plus $9.50 delivery. The $5 shopping fee is being waived during the epidemic. Minimum order is $75. 

For delivery on same day, orders must be placed by 12pm. Orders after that will be delivered the following day. On delivery the driver will call to confirm that the owner is home and aware of the delivery, not entering the home on delivery. 

Pickup (in store or brought to vehicle) is also an option except for those showing symptoms of illness or those that should be in quarantine. 

Real Canadian Superstore

Superstore offers both the ability to shop for and reserve groceries online for pickup as well as the option to have orders delivered. 

Pickup orders are done via the PC Express system. One creates/logs into an account, chooses from available pickup windows and then shops for their order online from the selection of groceries. Note that as I type this on Saturday the earliest shown pickup window is Tuesday. Check from available windows when you read this to see what’s available to serve your needs. 

Once you complete and pay for your order you will be emailed further direction. Pickup involves pulling up to the designated pickup parking spaces at the store during your pre-chosen pickup window, contacting the store as noted on your order and your items are brought out to your car. During this time, fees associated with pickup windows are showing as being no charge.

Delivery is done with Instacart, either through Superstore's website or direct through Instacart website or app. Like pickup, delivery orders are placed by creating and logging into an account, choosing from available delivery windows, shopping through a selection of groceries online and completing the purchase of your cart items when done. Account for Instacart fees and driver tip. Note that as I type this on Saturday, the next delivery window is showing as being within five hours but I imagine that regularly fluctuates. Verify for yourself what windows are available relative to your needs through the website. When checking out, Instacart includes the option to ask that an order be left on your doorstep. 

Two Farm Kids

Two Farm Kids is offering free delivery within Brandon on orders of $75 or more along with curbside pickup (no minimum). Online website and phone-in orders available.

Walmart

Offer both pickup service with delivery availability through third party. 

For pickup one uses the Walmart app or visits the Walmart website and picks the “Shop Grocery” option. From there one assembles a cart order from available items, then goes through the checkout process including selecting a time slot for pickup. As I type this on Saturday the soonest available pickup window is Monday, verify availability relative to your needs. A $50 minimum is required on orders to qualify for pickup. During this time, fees associated with pickup windows are showing as being no charge.

After completing order, follow instructions on your email receipt on the morning of your chose time slot for pickup instructions (Walmart has designated spaces to park in that you may have seen which orders are able to be brought out to)

Delivery is not available in Brandon through their website. You can however order for delivery from the store via Instacart‘s app or instacart.ca website. Delivery orders are placed by creating and logging into an account with Instacart, choosing from available delivery windows, shopping through a selection of groceries online and completing the purchase of your cart items when done. Account for Instacart fees and driver tip. Note that as I type this on Saturday, the next delivery window is showing as being within five hours but I imagine that regularly fluctuates. Verify for yourself what windows are available relative to your needs through the website or app. When checking out, Instacart includes the option to ask that an order be left on your doorstep. 

Updated: March 28, 10:40am. Added additional Sobeys West dates, added Two Farm Kids
Updated: March 31, 15:34am. Added Freshii, Safeway
Updated: March 31, 10:00pm. Corrected Safeway price
Updated: April 2, 1:34pm. Added Bulk Barn

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