Ever since my children were itty bitties I’ve dreamed about grocery stores offering online ordering with parking lot pick-up. Think of the time, wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention the oodles of boxes of animal cracker bribery, I would have saved!
Although my children have all now reached adulthood, my dream has come true in the form of the Kroger ClickList.
I’m so excited about it I told Alison it was a must-post.
- Create an account with your Kroger Plus Card Number or Alternate ID.
- Select your store for pick-up. If you want to do same-day pick-up, make sure your store offers it and order early enough in the day to secure a same-day pick-up time.
- Build your shopping list. The site makes it easy to do this. You can choose from your recent purchases, sale items, departments or using their search function. If you are an existing Kroger Plus Card member, the site displays your recent in-store purchases. Sale items’ prices show up in yellow.
- Simply point and click through your list.
- Shopping cart displays to the right a running list of your choices.
What about choosing fruit?
ClickList passed the biggest test for me: choosing fresh fruit. Clicking the item details displays a notes box so you can add your preferences for fruit selection. Pears are my favorite this time of year, so this next order will be an acid test.
The Kroger employee picked the perfect pears for me, I’m happy to report.
Finalize List and Check-out
Like any other online shopping experience, you have an opportunity to review and change your final list. Depending on the store, some have online payment authorization which authorizes the estimated amount of your purchase.
The estimated amount may change due to sales tax, coupons and substitutions.
A word about substitutions. Two of my items were out of stock when the employee pulled them for my order. The attendant brought the substitutes and asked if I was okay with them. In both instances I was because I received a larger quantity (Viva paper towels) for the same lower price that I had ordered. Can’t beat that!
Picking Up Your Order
This is the BEST. Simply locate the ClickList parking spots in your store’s parking lot and pull into the ClickList parking lane.
Call the phone number listed on the sign and tell them you are ready to pick up your order.
The attendant brings the order to you and reviews any substitutions. You don’t have to get out of the car if you don’t want to. In fact, the attendants pride themselves on how fast they can get you in and out. If you have paper coupons, give them to the attendant then. Upon approval of substitutions and the final amount, the attendant swipes your credit card and off you go.
Cost of ClickList Ordering
The order processing fee varies by store, but my Kroger charges $4.99. However, Kroger waives the processing fee on your first three orders. Spending an extra five dollars brings me such joy knowing I don’t have to stand at the deli counter, hunt down substitutions, slog back and forth across the huge store when I forget an item, wait in the check-out line, only to leave it to fetch a forgotten item, push the cart through the lot, unload and return the cart. You know the drill.
My efficient self would rather plan my weekly menus and do the big shop once a week. Before ClickList, the reality of spending that much time in the grocery store, double-checking my list, and going through the check-out rigamarole made my lazy self say fahgettaboudit. ClickList relieves that onerous task with just a little more planning on my part. Yes, I’ll still frequent Libbie Market and Yellow Umbrella for the extra fresh and spur-of-the-moment items that crop up, but for the basics, I’m sticking with ClickList.
Let me know if you give ClickList a try. I hope you have the same positive experience. Tell me, what will you do with all that extra time?
January 27, 2017