6 Grocers Leading in Curbside Pickup

6 Grocers Leading in Curbside Pickup

Target’s Drive Up Is Red-Hot

Target’s curbside offering, called Drive Up, was already well-established by the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Minneapolis-based retailer started testing the service in its hometown in late 2017, and it went nationwide in 2019.

6 Grocers Leading in Curbside Pickup

ShopRite Goes Contactless With Pickup Pods

ShopRite, part of the Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp., recently became the first grocer on the East Coast to unveil the new QuickCollect Go Pod, where shoppers can pick up their online ShopRite grocery orders from a temperature-controlled outdoor pickup pod featuring robotic automation for a fast, contactless self-service pickup experience.

Retail parking lots have always played an important role in shaping perceptions of the brand, but with curbside pickup, it has become even more important for grocery retailers to ensure they are making the right impression.

Walmart, which has noted its desire to earn “primary destination status” with its customers, invested heavily in automation—and, by proxy, speed—in 2021.

Through its curbside pickup service, West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee has risen to the challenge of making grocery shopping not only quicker but also more convenient and easier for its shoppers.

While curbside pickup had been steadily gaining traction in grocery, the pandemic cemented this contactless and convenient service’s place in the weekly shop.

Once again, San Antonio-based H-E-B was named the Most Trusted Grocer in America in BrandSpark and WGB’s annual report.

With an eye to coveting and keeping the omnichannel consumer, Albertsons has been making substantial investments in its Drive Up & Go curbside pickup program, microfulfillment centers and more.