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- Many online retailers are currently experiencing shipping and delivery delays as they try to keep up with increasing demands amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- If you need household supplies and groceries quickly, going to a physical store may be the fastest option.
- Curbside pickup can be a safe alternative that doesn’t require you to leave your car, and in some cases, it may be easier than securing a home delivery slot.
- Many stores on this list, including Target, CVS, Nordstrom, and more are closing early or closing stores temporarily amid looting and protests across the country, so check your local stores before placing orders for pickup.
- Read more: A running list of where to buy groceries online when your local store is out of stock
Now that social distancing policies and stay-at-home orders are in place for most of the country, online shopping has become even more popular. It’s usually a fast, reliable, and contact-free method of getting everything you need, from toilet paper to cleaning supplies to groceries.
However, because demand is currently so high, many stores are experiencing significant shipping delays, and home delivery time slots are often booked up weeks in advance. Some retailers, like Amazon, are also prioritizing shipment of essential supplies over non-essential products.
Braving your local store might actually be the fastest option to check off your shopping list, but it can still feel risky despite the careful steps some retailers are taking to limit both customer and employee interactions. With curbside pickup, you don’t have to leave your car, but you can still receive everything you need in a safe and timely manner. While the exact process varies from store to store, usually the customer will place an order online or via app, then wait for confirmation that it’s ready for pickup. They’ll then park in a designated area close to the retailer, and a store associate will bring out their purchases and load their trunk.
Below, we’ve compiled an ongoing list detailing how curbside pickup works for individual nationwide retailers, to help you plan your next shopping trip. Stores are listed by category and in alphabetical order.
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Big box retailers and department stores
- Bed Bath & Beyond: Selection locations are offering contactless curbside pickup. Before you start an order, check that your location is correct on the upper right side of the page. There, you can adjust the address to your nearest store and see options for store pickup and in-store shopping.
- Best Buy: Select “Use Curbside Pickup” when you place your order online or in the app. You’ll receive an email when your order is ready. The confirmation email will include instructions on where to park and how to let a store associate know when you’ve arrived. Bring your photo ID and the credit card you used for your order. The store associate will place your order in the trunk.
- Kmart: Before you start your order, select “Free Store Pickup” and your preferred store. You’ll receive an email when your order is ready for pickup. Park near the entrance of the store, then call the store and a store associate will bring out your order.
- Kohl’s: Choose “Drive Up” or “Free Store Pickup” when you place your order online. Orders are ready in two hours if you place your order by 5 p.m. local time. You’ll receive an email when your order is ready for pickup, and it’ll also include instructions for a drive-up experience that complies with social distancing guidelines. A store associate will place your order in your trunk or back seat.
- Macy’s: Macy’s is currently piloting a curbside pickup program at a few locations, including The Mall at Millennia, The Woodlands Mall, and Westfield Fashion Square, and it is only available on weekdays. If you order by 12 p.m. local time, you can pick it up the same day; otherwise, it’ll be ready the next business day. You’ll receive an email when your order is ready, and it will contain additional pickup details.
- Nordstrom: Curbside pickup is available at select stores. Select “Curbside Pickup” when you place your order online, and wait for the email or app confirmation. At the store, drive up to the designated area and call the store phone number or tap “I’m here” in the app, and a store associate will ask for your order information. They will place the order directly in your trunk.
- Target: Use the Target app to shop and select “Drive Up” at checkout. The app will let you know when your order is ready to pick up. In the parking lot, park in the designated Drive Up section, and let the app know you’ve arrived (if you have your location services turned off). To reduce contact, no physical signature is needed, and a Target team member will load your trunk for you.
- Instacart: Since Instacart works for many local stores in your area, it’s an easy way to get your grocery pickup order without searching for or committing to just one store. You can see which stores in your area offer pickup by clicking the “Stores” selector and choosing the “Pickup” toggle in the app. When your order is ready for pickup, Instacart sends a notification to your phone along with directions for where and how to retrieve your order….