2015/11/26

How to Get Your Last-Minute Thanksgiving Groceries Delivered

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  • Same-day Thanksgiving delivery is available, but mostly in big cities.

    It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey, football, and forgetting something at the store. Luckily, this year there are plenty of tech-powered solutions for that.
    Thanksgiving is traditionally a day when consumers need certain products. But historically, actually getting those goods has required either shopping before Thanksgiving or hitting the local market on the holiday. Now Internet companies—both big and small—are trying to capitalize on that market by offering same-day delivery on Thanksgiving.
    In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Chris Vaughn, CEO of Saucey, an alcohol-delivery service, said that the idea is a sound one for retailers and consumers, alike. He argues that it’s far better for consumers to request a wine delivery on Thanksgiving than to hit the road and get it themselves. Saucey is joined by several startups identified by the Wall Street Journal that will be open and ready to make Thanksgiving deliveries.
    The issue, however, is that service providers may be unable to accommodate customers in some parts of the U.S. Many of the companies offering same-day delivery on Thanksgiving only operate in big cities. People living in smaller areas, therefore, may still be left hitting the road to get their goods. But Fortune has confirmed other companies joining in on the fun, allowing consumers across the U.S. to order products on the holiday and get them delivered just hours later.
    The following services will offer delivery on all kinds of products on Thanksgiving. But to see whether they offer deliveries within your particular area, check out their sites, before you start piling puddings, pies, and Pinots into their shopping carts.
    AmazonAmazon’s  AMZN 0.62%  Prime Now service, which offers same-day delivery throughout the year, will be operational on Thanksgiving. Customers can order tens of thousands of items from the service and get the products delivered within two hours. Be aware, though, that it’s not available in many metropolitan and suburban areas, yet.
    UberUber isn’t stopping its contract drivers from hitting the road on Thanksgiving. Any driver who wants to grab the wheel and offer rides on Thanksgiving can do it. In fact, one driver interviewed by the Journal says he’ll definitely be out and about.
    SauceySaucey is an alcohol-delivery service that will be open for business on Thanksgiving. The company’s mobile app allows users to set their location, order everything from wine to liquor, and have it delivered to their doors. Not to worry though—in order for buyers to get their hands on the booze, Saucey requires a valid ID to be presented at the time of delivery.
    Edible Arrangements: According to the customer support team at Edible Arrangements, just about anyone who’s looking for its fruit treats will get it on Thanksgiving Day. The support person didn’t say whether only certain items would be offered, but orders for the company’s fruit arrangements can be placed either online or on the phone and will be delivered on Thanksgiving.
    DrizlyAnother alcohol-ordering platform, Drizly helps users quickly pick out what they want either online or through thea mobile app, and have it delivered within the hour. The company told theJournal that its deliverypeople will be out on Thanksgiving, but since Drizley is a rather small startup, it’s only operating in large metropolitan areas.
    1-800-FlowersIf it’s centerpieces you’re after, 1-800-Flowers will be delivering select options on Thanksgiving. In order to determine whether floral arrangements can be delivered on Thanksgiving, head over to 1-800-Flowers, input your Zip code, and choose Nov. 26. If delivery is available in your area, the select arrangements will be on display and available to order.
    ThirstieIs this a trend? Another alcohol-delivery startup told the Journal on Wednesday that it, too, will be open for customers on Thanksgiving. This one offers wine, beer, and spirits to customers across the U.S. and Canada. Like its competitors, Thirstie promises one-hour delivery and requires a valid ID before it can hand over the alcohol.
    GrubHubA delivery service that lets users order from local restaurants and get their food brought to the door, GrubHub will also be open for business on Thanksgiving. The issue, however, is whether local participating restaurants will also be open. But if the eateries are open, expect to place an order on Thanksgiving and get food delivered to your door.
    InstacartGrocery-delivery service Instacart also plans to spread the holiday cheer. In fact, the company will partner with Whole Foods and Safeway, among other major retailers, to deliver groceries to homes in select metropolitan areas. A company spokeswoman told theJournal that Instacart will only operate until 2 p.m. local time in those areas. After all, they should be able to get some warm turkey, too.

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