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Shop at Costco? You can now get those groceries delivered to your home

Costco will now offer same-day and two-day delivery to its members.
Costco will now offer same-day and two-day delivery to its members. AP

It’s getting easier and easier for Triangle shoppers to never have to leave home to grab food or groceries.

Wholesaler Costco – in a move seen as a response to Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods – has unveiled two new delivery options for its grocery shoppers.

The bulk retailer announced this month that it will now offer free two-day delivery of nonperishable items on orders of more than $75.

The company also said it was partnering with the delivery service Instacart to offer same-day delivery — with a service fee — to its members for about 2,000 Costco products, including fresh foods. Instacart already offers same-day delivery for Food Lion, Publix, Whole Foods, Total Wine and other places.

“We feel good that we've got a few delivery options for our members that frankly are better than the ones they were doing the day before with us or with Instacart or with anybody else,” Costco CFO Richard Galanti said during a recent call with investors.

In addition to Costco making home deliveries easier, car-sharing app Uber also recently unveiled that its food delivery service, UberEats, is now available in the Triangle.

Amazon’s grocery delivery service, however, is currently still unavailable in the area.

Does it deliver to your zipcode?

Costco says it offers second-day deliveries to every region except Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Second-day deliveries are not available on weekends.

To find out if you are available for same-day deliveries, you can enter your zipcode at Instacart.com.

Are delivered items more expensive?

Yes, there is a 10 percent service fee on online orders to compensate drivers and to make in-store shopping more attractive. Prices are also 15 to 17 percent lower inside a Costco warehouse, the company said.

Do you have to be a Costco member?

The same-day delivery service will be available to non-members at a higher price than members.

Will you still get Costco rewards for delivery orders?

Yes, shoppers will earn 2 percent executive rewards on the warehouse merchandise price, but not on the 15 percent to 17 percent markup or the 10 percent service fee.

Zachery Eanes: 919-419-6684, @zeanes

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