The Grocery Delivery Tip

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19 Responses

  1. Stacey says:

    Great article. Thanks!
    I tried printing this out (from an iPhone) and it was 102 pages in length. Any way you could fix the formatting? I’d love to print out that last section regarding the tipping calculator. Thx!

  2. Antoinette Kunda says:

    First Great Article!

    Second, trying to sign up for your blog but keep getting an error message. How do I get your updates?

  3. This is a fantastic article and boy did I learn a thing or two. 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    Great article! Would you consider updating it since Instacart has changed the pay structure and shoppers no longer get paid per item plus a delivery commission?

    • cmckissack says:

      Hi Kelly, thanks for the comment. Yes, I will look at updating it. Now it’s just a combination of item and delivery that make up the estimate.

  5. Sean B says:

    Great article!

    I recently started using Instacart through Publix locally. I’ve found it to be an incredible time-saver plus I despise grocery shopping. My last delivery was $150 in groceries so I tipped $35 through the app (just tip, not counting the fees). It’s worth $35 or more to me to not have to get dressed, drive to the store, shop, wait in line, etc.

    I tend to over tip for services where the provider is not directly compensated in a meaningful way, like waiter/waitress, barber/beautician, and delivery people — pretty much any job where the “perk” is getting to keep the tip.

    • cmckissack says:

      That’s great Sean! Definitely a time saver! Keep in mind that Walmart now provides grocery delivery in some locations that does not add any markup and charges a nominal delivery fee.

  6. Jenni Brown says:

    Thanks for the advice. I’m getting used to being in a wheelchair so getting out is difficult. I’ve ordered groceries for the first time and was a little lost on the appropriate protocol. Cash tip. Got it.

    • cmckissack says:

      Hi Jenni – thanks for the comments. So glad that grocery delivery services are assisting you during this difficult period.

  7. Natalie says:

    I don’t know why but it JUST occurred to me to google “should I tip for grocery delivery” – fortunately I have educated myself and will make sure I have cash to tip my delivery driver today. Also, I might have missed you including this in your post but the reason I use the grocery delivery service is because I don’t have a car, otherwise I would be doing it for myself. Just so you know that not all of us just don’t want to make the effort to go to the store ourselves! Thank you for sharing such important information and helping me be a more considerate consumer.

  8. Lyn says:

    I use Walmart delivery service. How can you tell if the delivery person is also the shopper. Just by asking them when they arrive?

    • cmckissack says:

      Walmart only allows its employees (associates) to shop the groceries. Sometimes a contractor from Door Dash or Postmates will deliver to you. Your delivery person will have picked your food up and brought it to you.

  9. Eileen says:

    Great article! I will now always have cash for my delivery person. Just to be clear…..when I tip the driver will that person share tip with shopper? Seems unfair for the shopper not to receive a tip too.

    • cmckissack says:

      Hello Eileen – that really depends on what service you are using and where you ordered your groceries. For example, I ordered groceries using the site and it was Kroger merchandise. The person who shopped my order also delivered it and received 100% of my tip. If I had used the website to order my groceries, a Kroger employee would pick my groceries and a Shipt driver would pick them up and deliver. Only the driver, in that case, will receive 100% of my tip. Kroger employees (including Walmart and Publix) do not receive tips of any kind.

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