Ask a Costco customer about the perks included in their membership and they can go on ad nauseum about the discounts and benefits they receive from the company – but until recently, curbside pickup was not one of them.
The retailer is trying out the service that several of its competitors, including Sam’s Club and Target, have rolled out nationally, and offering same-day curbside pickup for its members at select warehouses, reports Today.
Costco members in Albuquerque, New Mexico now have the option of getting their groceries delivered right to their cars, all they have to do is place an order through Costco’s website or app and arrive at their selected warehouse during a specific one-hour pickup window.
Orders have to be at least $100, and there is a surcharge of $10 per order to cover the costs of having Costco employees prepare the order and deliver them outside. Costco employees are not permitted to accept tips from customers.
The prices of the items will not change for curbside compared to in-store shopping. While all groceries will be eligible for curbside pickup, only a limited number of non-grocery items will be available.
In early December, Costco announced that it was planning to extend its special senior shopping hours due to rising COVID-19 numbers.
The designated senior shopping hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, though some locations have different time frames.
Customers who qualify for the special hours include those who are 60 years or older and those with disabilities or underlying conditions.