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Anyone try online grocery store pickup or delivery?

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Jan 24, 2015
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Anyone try online grocery store pickup or delivery?

Loblaws stores (Loblaws, No Frills and RCSS) have pickup. But their pickup slots are fully booked for the next 2 weeks (at the stores closest to me).

Anyone have issues with the services, are the prices higher online?

Walmart has pickup and delivery, but I expect they are as busy as the Loblaws. Costco's grocery delivery is limited in its options, fewer fresh items. Are there any other stores in the GTA that provide this service?
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Jul 20, 2012
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We ordered from M&M'S yesterday for pickup. They had everything and gave us a pick up time. We haven't been there in years but I'm stuck in the house. The store did say they went from 5 orders a day to 50
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Any updates on this service, especially about pickup slot times?
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What about instacart?
Anyone try that?
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I haven't - BUT - apparently if you have an Instacart card you can bypass the million mile lines of people. Note - Instacart is on strike in some places in the U.S. - not sure about Canada. The security fellow at Loblaws told me.
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Mar 27, 2015
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Dollarama will deliver or you can pickup at a few locations around the GTA. Its a $10 flat fee, either way. The major drawback, however, is everything is by the case only, and their range is limited. But if you want 24 tubes of toothpaste for $1 each, its a great option. They do have branded toilet paper and paper towel as well. We also bought a case of potato chips.
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I used to use PC express all the time. Prices are the same in store and online. If you pick delivery from any of the Loblaws type stores the prices are more online than in store. I think Galen Weston said in a recent email they would be charging the same during this time but as you can see - no time slots. He also asked healthy people to not use pick up or delivery services and to let vulnerable use them. Their system is totally overwhelmed.

I totally forgot about Dollarama delivery!
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Ordered from Metro online for the first time. Expecting delivery today (Sunday) afternoon.
It took me 2 days to get a delivery slot it was so busy all last week. $11 delivery fee.

I didn't get the option for a 'pick up' location by my Postal Code, even though there's a Metro up the street from me (not even an outside/parking lot pick-up or something). Only 2 locations were available, like in Burlington and some other faraway location. It just feels so weird getting delivery from a store just down the street, because I'm so used to the quick walk/exercise, but oh well...
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Mar 15, 2010
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I see loblaws booked until 3 weeks from now in Richmond Hill!!!
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Thumbs down to Dollarama for $10 pick up fee. Why?
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my0gr81 wrote: Thumbs down to Dollarama for $10 pick up fee. Why?
Because they can?
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I've used PC express pick up twice and it is a good service. The fee is $0, but I could see myself continuing to use it when things improve as $3 to have someone do my shopping is well worth it.
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Tried delivery from our local Metro (in Ottawa). $11 (or maybe $11.95) delivery fee, first delivery slot one week later.

Worked fine, but give up any attempt to price-shop! When the items were delivered, they were at the price on the day of delivery, not the price in effect at time of ordering. I'm not going to fuss about it, since everyone is swamped these days and I doubt the store's business model really allows anything else, but it was rather a (negative) surprise.
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I live downtown. I have tried literally EVERY SINGLE SERVICE and I can not get any slots. No matter what time of day I try. I used to use walmart pretty regularly before this mess. Now I can not even log into my walmart account. Whenever I try instacart or the other same day/week services, I always get "not available". it is stupid frustrating. I am normally a cheap Meiser, but we are in a better position financially than an awful lot of others in the city atm and I can't even get the more expensive (grocery gateway etc.) delivery services.
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willdacanucker wrote: I live downtown. I have tried literally EVERY SINGLE SERVICE and I can not get any slots. No matter what time of day I try. I used to use walmart pretty regularly before this mess. Now I can not even log into my walmart account. Whenever I try instacart or the other same day/week services, I always get "not available". it is stupid frustrating. I am normally a cheap Meiser, but we are in a better position financially than an awful lot of others in the city atm and I can't even get the more expensive (grocery gateway etc.) delivery services.
Grocery Gateway just opened up a slot for May 1, RUN!
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For anybody who can't get slots, new slots are released at midnight or 1 am for PC Express and Walmart.... I was able to secure a slot 2 weeks out at PC Express and will continue to do that on a two-week rotation going forwards.
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Grocery stores scrambling to keep up with online orders
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I used the service a few times and every single time I was disappointed. I understand they are incredibly busy so I won't fault them for being considerably late (although you could argue that they are biting off more than they can chew and should not take so many orders), but even when I allow for substitutions I am missing ~25% of my order. Furthermore, when it comes to fruit and vegetables, I get ones that look close to going bad. I also find that some of the products expire too soon and had I been in store I would not have purchased the items.

For that reason, I decided to just start going grocery shopping once every 10 days and it's been a much better experience. Are there risks, of course but I figure I should leave the delivery slots for people who physically cannot make it out to the grocery stores.
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Yeah, that’s my biggest issue with food ordering services: I like to select my own fresh produce and meats.

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