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We probably never thought grocery shopping would turn into a scary, dangerous and anxiety-inducing task but here we are. We’re all trying to stay home as much as possible and lessen the number of trips we’re taking to stores to help reduce our own exposure to the new and to help flatten the curve, but stores are coming up with new ways to protect customers and communities as well. Costco recently changed its store hours and reduced the number of people allowed in warehouses and big box retailers like Walmart and Target in Vermont have stopped selling non-essential items altogether. Now, several stores are adding a feature that allows customers to pick up items from the store without ever stepping foot inside: curbside pickup.

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Target has offered this service for a while now, but due to the fear we all have of being around large groups of people right now, several other stores have decided to add the service as a way to keep customers safe and healthy while still providing them with all of the products they want to purchase. If this is something you are interested in, here are the retailers offering this service.

Sam’s Club

How it works: First, you’ll need a membership. Then, members place orders via the Sam’s Club app or at samsclub.com. Products marked ‘Pick up in Club’ are eligible.  After you’re finished shopping, select a pickup time and checkout. Same-day pickup is available if you need your items ASAP. Upon arrival to the club, members will use one of the designated pickup spots, and a Sam’s Club associate will load items into their cars.  

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Cost Plus World Market

How it works: This works pretty much exactly the same way as online shopping except you’ll select curbside pickup at checkout. Just select your store and you’ll receive an email when your order is ready. When you arrive, remain in your car and just call the number provided in the email and a store employee will bring your order out to your car.

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ALDI

How it works: Place your order through the ALDI website or app and make sure to choose the correct store at check out. Select a pickup time and let ALDI know what vehicle you will be arriving in.  When you get to the store, park in one of the designated curbside pick up parking spots so an employee knows to bring you your order. An employee will load the groceries right into your car for a completely contact-less experience.

Bed Bath & Beyond

How it works: Shop online or using the store’s app and then check out and confirm who will be picking up the order. Your order will be ready in two hours or less (you’ll be notified via email) and you can drove to the store, pop your trunk and an employee will bring your order to you.

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Best Buy

How it works: 

Use the Best Buy app from your phone tablet or computer to place your order. You will receive an email when your order is ready to be picked up and you can open the app for step-by-step instructions.

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bluemercury

How it works: This Washington-D.C-based beauty retailer announced earlier this week that select locations now offer ‘Contactless Curbside Pick-Me-Up’. To use the service, call the available store to place your curbside pickup order with a Beauty Expert. Then drive to the store, park near the entrance and call to confirm your arrival (note that you will need your ID to confirm your order through your closed car window). A Beauty Expert will then deliver your order to your car, placing it in the trunk or through a rear window.

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Target

How it works: Download the Target app and add the items you need to your cart. Simply check the Drive Up option at check out and pay for your order through the app. You’ll ben notified when your order is ready and when you want to pick up your items, let Target know you’re coming in the app and pull into one of the designated Drive Up parking spaces in the Target parking lot. An employee will bring your items out to your car for you and place them in your car.  It is worth noting that Target will not let you order refrigerated items through this service. They do not have refrigerators to store cold items so you will only be able to order non-refrigerated items.

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Walmart

How it works: Walmart allows you to order groceries for curbside pickup either online or through its app. Choose and pay for your groceries through the app or online and let them know when you would like to pick them up. Once you’ve arrived, simply let them know through the app or call the store and…

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