Groceries are one of the most essential, and most frequent, purchases consumers make. But shopping for them can be time consuming — and expensive.
In the last few years, a number of grocery delivery companies have launched in an effort to help consumers save time, and in some cases money. They’re even using technology like artificial intelligence to personalize the online shopping experience by predicting what their customers may want or need.
Top Grocery Delivery Companies
- Misfits Market
- Thrive Market
As a result, consumers are no longer forced to “go” grocery shopping. They can just open an app and scroll through a seemingly endless feed of items and essentials — which may arrive at their doorstep by bike or van or refrigerated truck or robot, sometimes within 15 minutes of ordering. Soon, our groceries may even begin arriving by drone, and at least one major retailer is already coming into customers’ homes to eliminate one of the worst parts of the shopping experience — putting away groceries.
19 Grocery Delivery Companies
While grocery shopping continues to evolve, many companies, and customers, see value in forgoing the in-person experience altogether. Here are 19 companies reshaping how customers shop for groceries by delivering them to their doorsteps.
Amazon pretty much delivers everything as it is, so groceries aren’t that much of a stretch for the e-commerce giant. Amazon Fresh, the company’s branded grocery store, operates in select cities and states like California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey and offers same-day grocery delivery services to Prime Members. Customers can also shop in person using shopping carts enabled with machine vision that can “see” exactly what they put in their cart, allowing them to skip the checkout line altogether.
Anycart is a grocery delivery company that offers a platform for shoppers to purchase the items they want from a variety of stores, not just one. Launched in 2021 in 3,400 U.S. cities, the company partners with grocery store chains like Whole Foods and Safeway, and doesn’t add any additional surcharges or fees, so customers pay the same price they would in the store. According to Winsight Grocery Business, a grocery and supermarket trade publication, the company is able to avoid charging users through advertising partnerships with brands and publishers, and via an affiliate program.
Boxed offers an online bulk grocery shopping experience with no membership fees. The company delivers everywhere in the United States, though it may take one to three business days to arrive, making Boxed ideal for shoppers who plan ahead. The company allows customers to set up recurring orders of items they always need — think toilet paper and paper towels — and offers a perks program, Boxed Up, to save on shipping costs, redeem select discounts and receive cash back with purchases.
ButcherBox delivers frozen seafood and meat from humanely raised animals, like grass-fed cows, wild-caught seafood and organic chicken, to customers. The company offers curated boxes for purchase, or shoppers can create custom orders of their favorite cuts of meat. Shipping is free.
Delivery.com does what its name suggests: delivers groceries and other items such as drinks and even dry cleaning to customers’ doorsteps. The company operates in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well other cities throughout the U.S.
While Doordash focuses much of its efforts to deliver customers food from restaurants, the company also offers grocery delivery options from select stores, like Target. According to the company’s website, a limited number of items from grocery and convenience stores are available for purchase.
Food Rocket provides free grocery delivery within two-miles of its “dark stores,” essentially warehouses the company uses to fulfill online orders but that aren’t open to the public. Deliveries are often made within 15 to 30 minutes of an order being placed, thanks to its short delivery radius and AI-enabled demand forecasting, stocking and delivery optimization systems. According to TechCrunch, the grocery delivery company has raised $30 million and plans to open 7,000 more locations in the United States and expand into a total of 26 countries and territories.
Launched in 2002, FreshDirect is a grocery delivery company serving customers in New York City and nearby counties and areas in Connecticut and New Jersey. (FreshDirect also offers summer service to the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore.) The company sources its offerings from producers like farmers and fishermen and began providing same-day delivery service in New York 2019.
Operating only in New York, Boston and Chicago, the Turkish grocery delivery company Getir claims to get orders to customers in about 10 minutes. Getir offers users more than 1,500 grocery items to choose from and provides real-time inventory tracking so no item turns out to be out of stock after a customer orders it.
Gopuff is a grocery delivery company that offers shoppers a selection of approximately 4,000 items delivered in less than 30 minutes. The company operates in cities across the United States like Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas, and in Europe, and charges a flat delivery fee on every order. Gopuff delivery is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in many of the cities where the company operates.
Operating in many European cities like London and Copenhagen, the grocery delivery company Gorillas, which was acquired by Getir in December, is only available in the U.S. in select neighborhoods in New York City. The company’s delivery teams use bicycles to make speedy drop offs that originate from small fulfillment centers. Gorillas strives not to use plastic and the company often sources produce from local farmers’ markets.
Marketing itself as an all-in-one meal planner and grocery delivery service, Hungryroot allows customers to shop by item or by recipes for healthy meals such as grain bowls, stir fries and salads. After signing up, users share dietary needs, household size and other information, and then Hungryroot fills their online carts with the recipes and groceries shoppers need.
Imperfect Foods is a grocery delivery company that provides shoppers an option to buy food that’s “a little imperfect,” essentially helping to eliminate food waste. (In 2020, the company saved 50 million pounds of food, according to its website.) Shoppers can purchase organic produce with “quirky looks and odd shapes,” eggs from cage-free and pasture-raised chickens, and meat, dairy and even plant-based offerings. The company also offers a specific delivery day for the areas it serves, which allows food to be delivered from one vehicle, which cuts down on emissions.
One of the most popular grocery delivery companies, Instacart operates in more than 5,500 cities in the U.S. and Canada, partnering with a number of grocery store chains like Publix and Harris Teeter, and even big box hardware stores such as Lowe’s. According to the company’s website, the platform has half a billion items available across 40,000 stores it partners with.
In an effort to reduce food waste, Misfits Markets offers fresh produce and other grocery items like meat that are sustainably sourced from local farmers and may look a little funny. The company delivers to the lower 48 states and markets its items as costing between 20 to 40 percent less than they would in traditional grocery stores.
Like DoorDash, Postmates delivers grocery items, though the company’s main focus is delivering food from restaurants. The ride-hailing company Uber acquired Postmates for $2.65 billion in 2020.
Shipt is a grocery delivery company that offers yearly and monthly subscriptions for customers in the more than 5,000 cities where the company operates. Shipt provides same-day delivery and partners with stores and retailers like Costco, Harris Teeter and Winn-Dixie.
With more than 500 organic items from the likes of Late July and Califa Farms, Thrive Market delivers groceries to customers looking for an affordable and healthy alternative to in-person shopping. Thrive also sells supplements, beauty products and plant-based cleaners to its more than 1,000,000 members.
Walmart has been offering grocery delivery services through its Walmart+ InHome membership program since 2019. The retailer’s employees shop for customers and deliver orders to homes. There’s even an option to have the delivery person enter a member’s home and put the order away in their kitchen. Earlier this year, Walmart announced that it would be expanding InHome availability to 30 million households — up from 6 million — by the end of 2022.
Amazon-owned Whole Foods offers grocery delivery services to Amazon Prime members. Available only in certain areas, Amazon tacks on an additional $9.95 to delivery orders, with a higher surcharge if speedier delivery is required. The company also offers a free pick-up option for orders of $35 or more.