The internet has fundamentally changed the way people shop. The U.S. Census Bureau reports (pdf) that during the second quarter of 2015, total e-commerce sales were $83.9 billion after adjusting for seasonal variation. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015.
That may come as no surprise to many of us who enjoy buying everything from clothes to groceries from the comfort of our home. No more dealing the hassle of traffic, crowded stores, or long checkout lines.
We also want our purchase right away, and many stores offer same-day delivery for a minimal shipping and handling fee. There are also subscription services that offer free, or cheap, same-day delivery from a number of stores.
Below is a list of ten stores or services you can use to get same-day delivery.
Walmart offers same-day delivery via Walmart to Go grocery orders in selected cities across the country – California, Denver, Philadelphia, and Virginia. You can place your order online as late as 12 p.m. and receive your purchases the same day.
Delivery fees range from $5 to $10 depending on the location, order value, and time slot.
- Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble offers New York City customers the convenience of same-day delivery. However, note that this service is limited only to Manhattan and select Brooklyn and Bronx ZIP codes.
You can place your order through BarnesandNoble.com until 11 a.m. and receive your order by 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. This service is free for B&N members (annual membership is $25). For non-members, a $25 minimum purchase is required.
There are two ways you can benefit from Amazon’s same-day delivery services.
- Amazon Prime – For orders over $35, Prime members can enjoy same-day delivery for free (for orders under $35, it will cost $5.99). You can choose from more than 1 million eligible products marked Prime Free Same-Day. Amazon Prime membership is $99 a year (or $49 a year for students). Same-day delivery is also available for non-Prime members, but it starts at $9.98.Place your order as late as 12 p.m. and received it by 8 p.m. depending on the location. Service is available in 14 metro areas including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
- AmazonFresh – Amazon’s grocery-delivery service is available in five markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and selected areas of Philadelphia and New York City. On orders $50 or more, Amazon Prime Fresh members can take advantage of free same-day deliveries. Make sure to place your orders by 10 a.m. to receive it by 6 p.m. Amazon Prime Fresh membership is $299 annually.
For $10 per month or $95 annually, but you may be able to find a free trial. Google partnered with a variety of stores like Costco, 1-800-Flowers, Fairway, Payless, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Target to offer this service. Google Express members can enjoy free same-day delivery on eligible items.
Shipping is free for orders over the store’s minimum, often $15 to $35, and $2.99 from stores that have a 2-hour delivery window. Non-members can use the service as well, but it costs $4.99 per delivery. Bulky items and cold groceries may come with an additional cost. Place your orders before 4:30 p.m. to receive it by 9 p.m.
- U.S. Postal Service
For San Francisco residents, you can take advantage of same-day delivery service via USPS’s Metro Post service. Place your order as late as 2 p.m. and receive it by 8 p.m. Delivery fee varies based on individual store policies. You can track the pickup and delivery with USPS’s tracking tool.
- Bloomingdale’s and Macy;s
Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s offer same-day delivery in parts of California, Washing, D.C., New Jersey and Chicago via a partnership with Deliv. For orders that qualify for free shipping, there is $5 delivery free. Bloomingdale’s customers get same-day delivery on purchases made by 1 p.m., Monday to Saturday and by 11 a.m. on Sunday.
For orders that do not qualify for free shipping, there’s an additional $5 fee.
- Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is currently the only mobile carrier to offer same-day delivery to its new and existing customers. If you want to receive your mobile device the same day, place your order by 10 a.m. and receive it by 7 p.m. for a fee of $19.99.
The same-day delivery service is available in Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. But, keep in mind that this is only available for Verizon Wireless devices that are sold with a contract, not prepaid phones or accessories.
Nordstrom’s Same-Day Delivery service is available in certain ZIP codes in Bellevue, Seattle, and La Jolla. For a delivery fee of $15, you can place an order of in-stock items by 1 p.m. and received it by 7 p.m.
- The Container Store
The Container Store offers same-day delivery in select markets, but the service can be expensive. Often delivery starts at $25, but in some cases it can climb to over $200. The Container Store will give you a three- to four-hour window for when your shipment will be delivered. The good news is that the service is offered throughout the entire week.
Instacart Same-Day Delivery service provides fast and efficient grocery deliveries from Costco, Whole Foods and other chains in 18 and the District of Columbia. Delivery is free for Instacart Express members ($99 a year) on orders over $35 with a two-hour delivery window, or $3.99 for non-members. Orders under $35 start at $7.99.