Grocery shopping made easy through app and delivery service | Business

Apple’s slogan “There’s an app for that” was a catchy phrase to coin the boom in digital technology nearly a decade ago, however, there wasn’t an app for grocery shopping at the time.

Today, there are a couple of different apps and services that offer a time-saving approach to grocery shopping. Shipt, one of the app-based services, has joined Instacart and Do My Shopping For Me in the Bell County area.

Instacart made its debut to the Bell County area on March 30. Instacart shops at stores such as, H-E-B, Natural Grocers, Petco and Specs.

Do My Shopping For Me started in 2014 and underwent an overhaul and relaunch at the beginning of this year. It provides shopping services to any store in the Killeen area.

Shipt, launched locally on Aug. 8, and shops exclusively at H-E-B stores in many of the cities within Bell County.

The differences in fees and charges vary per the service being used.

For example, to shop with Shipt, you must sign up as a member and pay a $99 member fee. The membership allows you unlimited deliveries on orders over $35, however, if the order is under $35 then there will be a $7 fee for delivery. In addition, the items available via Shipt are higher in price than what you would find on the shelves of H-E-B.

“On average, members can expect to pay about $5 more on a $35 order through Shipt,” Whitney Jencks, spokesperson for Shipt stated.

Instacart works similarly, however, it does not require customers to sign up for their membership. Every order over $35 will have a delivery charge of $5.99. Customers can choose to sign up for a membership with Instacart that will provide unlimited deliveries on orders over $35 for $149 per year or $14.99 per month. However, Instacart does not mark-up all grocery items.

“Our pricing is frequently the same as in-store. In the cases where it isn’t…

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