So you know, this blog post was NOT paid for. I just tried the new Walmart Grocery PickUp online grocery ordering system and thought I’d share my thoughts on it for you. I wasn’t compensated in any way, but that would have been nice! 🙂
Driving by our local Walmart store, I noticed they had some new signage.
I knew some stores were trialling the online ordering / pick up at store system for groceries, but I was pretty thrilled when I saw my store had it available. The North Burlington store had it for a few weeks before the South store did, and both Milton and Oakville have the Walmart Grocery Pickup service, too. I love online shopping, and I’m a frequent Walmart shopper, so I had to try it.
I went into the whole thing cautious because I’ve not had the best luck shopping for things like toys and small appliances online, so food was sure to be harder to manage for the big retailer. Turns out I was wrong because it was pretty painless. From the time I started, it was about 25 minutes for me to place my order of a weeks worth of groceries. Usually in-store shopping take me an hour or more, and because I was a newbie with this system, the first time took longer. My 2nd order was 15-20 minutes for an order of 40 items. Plus, I didn’t even impulse buy any apple strudels!
I picked the date and time I wanted to pick up my order, and paid the $3 charge. I already know this service is going to be ideal when I’m coming back from camping on a Sunday evening. My kids will have a proper lunch on Monday! I can even order up to 20 days in advance. Awesome.
When I got to the store the next morning (you can’t order for same day, yet), I parked in the special spot and called to tell them I was there, and two associates brought out my order. Everything was packed nicely and nothing was squashed. I’m a little bit particular with how my bags are packed (thanks, Mom), and these folks passed the test. The blue tote had my frozen items in it, and my ice cream was still frozen solid!
And then my truck was filled with my order – by the associates! Small things make me feel famous.
My produce was as fresh as if I had selected it myself, and everything was weighed and labelled so I could see what it cost. When placing my order, I choose the number of tomatoes and bananas I wanted. All items are set by default to allow Walmart to substitute them with another similar item if the original item ordered is out of stock. I didn’t mind this for most items, but did turn it off for milk, bread, and yogurt. This family likes what they like! Luckily only the cat litter needed to be substituted for another scent. Good thing the cat isn’t as discerning.
I think I love this Walmart Grocery Pickup service. I’ll still have to go into the store every now and then, but this saves me an hour a week, at least, and I’m thrilled with having that time back.
Some of my FAQ’s answered:
Coupons – there currently isn’t a way to accept coupons when shopping online. Fingers crossed for the future though.
Price matching – I love it, and I do it. And I still can! On the website there is a spot to add in your price matching info and submit it. Then your credit card will be reimbursed for the difference. It’s an extra step, but worth it if there is a good deal to match.
Who will benefit from this service:
- Busy people of all ages
- People who hate standing in line
- People whose children hate grocery shopping
- Old folks and the younger people who care for them – pick up the order on your way to visit!
- Anyone who needs assistance to run errands, etc.
- Travellers – so when you arrive back home on a Sunday night, you have some food to make those Monday school lunches!
My suggestions for future upgrades:
- Allow non-grocery items like shampoo, band-aids, and other consumables to be added to the same order. I could have ordered them and had them shipped to my house, but to lessen the carbon footprint, I’d like to get it all at once.
Updateon the Walmart Grocery PickUp service: December 2016
I’ve been using the Walmart Grocery PickUp service since May, and I’m still in love. I place two orders a week now, usually for Monday and Thursday, which allows me to have the freshest produce and meats for my cooking all week. Plus, when “grocery shopping” only takes 5 minutes, who wouldn’t mind doing it twice a week!
I save money because I’m not impulse shopping on the regular. My bank account tells me I spend about $20-40 less a week because I’m not rushing around, or shopping hungry (a frequent occurrence of mine).
We don’t throw away as much food as we once did. With ordering twice a week, I’m not over buying, and food doesn’t go to waste if we decide to eat out for a meal or two. This has been a major benefit for me, probably saving another $20 a week.
I still go into the store for other shopping, like clothes, prescrptions, and gifts, but I’m a little more focused on what I need and less likely to just throw some ice cream in my cart for the heck of it. Maybe it’s a new diet, too?? Nah, doubtful.
Share your thoughts and comments below!