How Uber Grocery Delivery Works and How Much It Costs
You may have used Uber Eats to deliver your favorite meals before, but if you’re wondering whether Uber Eats also delivers groceries, the answer is yes!
Uber Eats delivers groceries in hundreds of cities across the US. You can even order groceries from Costco and Sam’s Club without a membership and get them delivered with Uber Grocery.
Uber has been delivering groceries since 2020. They initially broke into the space with an acquisition and started rivaling top dogs like Instacart and Amazon Fresh.
In this article, I’ll explain how Uber Eats grocery delivery works and everything you need to know before placing your first Uber grocery order!
How Does Uber Eats Grocery Delivery Work?
You can order groceries through Uber Eats on the website or using the app. Both the website and the app are easy to navigate, and the checkout process is simple.
If grocery delivery is available in your area, it will show up in the list of options to order after entering your address.
If you don’t have an existing Uber account, you need to create one to start using Uber Eats. The signup takes just a few minutes.
You need to enter your e-mail, password, and address to confirm service availability in your area.
You can follow the step-by-step instructions below to order groceries through Uber Eats:
- Go to the Uber Eats website or download the app
- Create your account and enter the delivery address
- Tap the “Grocery” icon (If the grocery service is available in your area, it will show up as an option)
- Choose the grocery store you want to order from
- Select your items and tap “Add to Cart”
- Adjust item quantities as needed
- To place your order, go to the shopping cart and tap “Go to checkout”
- Select the delivery time and tap “Place Order”
The prices you see on Uber Eats are what you’ll pay for the products. They are typically higher than in-store prices.
Additionally, in-store promotions may not apply to grocery orders through Uber Eats. And unlike Instacart, you can’t add your store loyalty cards and continue to receive benefits associated with your card, such as rewards points.
After placing your order, a driver will shop for groceries and deliver them to your address within the selected timeframe.
Uber Eats allows you to track your order every step of the way through the app. You also have the option to request a no-contact delivery.
The shopper may contact you through the app if any of your items are out of stock or if they’re having difficulty finding your delivery address.
They may suggest replacements for out-of-stock items, and you can either approve or cancel the item. You’re not charged if you choose to cancel an item.
Does Uber Eats Deliver Groceries in Your Area?
You can find out if Uber Eats delivers groceries in your area by entering your address on the website or the app.
If grocery delivery is available in your area, you will see a grocery icon in the list of options to order. If the grocery icon is not listed, it means grocery delivery is not available.
They keep expanding their coverage, though, so I’d recommend checking the website often to confirm availability in your area.
What Are the Fees for Uber Eats Grocery Delivery?
Uber Eats grocery delivery fees typically range from $0.50 to $8, depending on the store’s location and how far it is from your delivery address.
There may also be additional fees if you order during busy times (like most delivery services.)
If you have an Uber One membership, you’ll get free delivery for grocery orders over $35.
Uber One membership costs $9.99 monthly. Based on the average delivery fees, if you’re ordering groceries more than three times a month, you could save by signing up for the Uber One membership.
To purchase a membership on the app, tap the “Account” icon on the bottom menu bar and tap “Uber One.”
One additional benefit of having an Uber One membership is that it can be used for meal delivery orders as well.
Customers who have an Uber One subscription receive a 5% discount and get free delivery for meal orders over $15. So, the membership has benefits for both grocery and meal delivery orders.
You can cancel your Uber One membership anytime since it’s a monthly subscription. Make sure to cancel it 24 hours before your next scheduled payment to avoid future charges.
To cancel your subscription on the app, tap the “Account” icon on the bottom menu bar and tap “Uber One.” Turn off the “Auto-Renew” toggle, and you’re all set.
You’ll continue to have access to membership benefits until the end of your billing cycle.
Should You Tip Your Uber Eats Grocery Driver?
Yes, you should tip your Uber Eats grocery driver to show your appreciation for their hard work. The recommended tip is a minimum of 10%, and the full amount goes to drivers.
You can tip your driver through the app or give cash at the time of delivery.
Uber Eats is a good grocery delivery option if it’s available in your area. Their fees are within the range of most grocery delivery apps, and the service is reliable.
If you plan to use Uber grocery delivery more than three times a month, definitely check out the Uber One membership. With free grocery deliveries over $35, you can end up saving money.
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