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How Costco Same-Day Delivery Works For Customers

Did you know that Costco offers same-day delivery? In this post, we'll walk you through what you can order and how to order it, step-by-step.

Did you know that Costco offers same-day delivery?

There are a few ways to enjoy Costco same-day delivery, whether you are a Costco member or not.

Read on to learn how to make a Costco delivery and get your items the same day.

Can You Order From Costco for Same-Day Delivery?

You can order from Costco for same-day delivery.

Costco, which operates across North America, offers same-day delivery in most cities in the United States.

You can do your grocery shopping at Costco while enjoying same-day grocery delivery by ordering on the Costco website or from a third-party app like Instacart.

Which Apps Offer Costco Same-Day Delivery

The easiest way to order same-day Costco grocery delivery is to head to Costco.com and click on the “Same-Day” tab in the main menu.

You will see all items eligible for the same-day delivery service in your area.

Same-day delivery on Costco.com is powered by the Instacart delivery service.

1. Instacart

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Instacart is a grocery shopping app.

One of the stores you’ll see on the Instacart app is Costco.

If you don’t have the app or don’t see Costco in the list of stores, head to Instacart.com/Costco and enter your zip code.

Then, search for the item you wish to purchase.

Besides grocery items, you may also be able to order electronics, books, alcohol, or items from other departments.

Your Instacart shopper will pick out your items from your nearest Costco store, and your Instacart delivery driver will bring them straight to your door in the time slot you specified.

2. Uber Eats

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While Costco offers same-day delivery through Instacart, it hasn’t yet fully integrated with Uber Eats.

Nevertheless, depending on your location, you may be able to order groceries from Costco on Uber Eats.

According to Mashed, Costco has launched a pilot program offering delivery via Uber Eats from 25 select warehouses in Texas.

So, if you live in Texas, you may find Costco on your Uber Eats app.

Otherwise, you may have to use another app.

3. Shipt

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Fortunately, Instacart isn’t the only way to order from Costco.

Shipt, a major Instacart competitor, also offers same-day Costco delivery.

You can look for Costco in your Shipt app or enter your zip code on Shipt.com/Costco.

Your delivery will arrive in as little as one hour.

Where Is Costco Same-Day Delivery Available?

Costco’s same-day delivery service is available in most metropolitan areas in the United States.

That includes cities like:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Houston

There are a few ways to check if Costco offers delivery on the same day in your area.

Head to Costco.com/Same-Day and enter your zip code to see availability in your city.

Alternatively, you can head to Instacart and enter your zip code there.

Keep in mind that availability may vary by app.

For example, while you may be able to order from Costco.com and Instacart in some areas, Shipt may not yet be operating in those cities.

Suppose same-day delivery is not available in your location.

In that case, you may still be able to order two-day grocery delivery.

Where Are the Costco Distribution Centers Located?

Costco’s distribution centers are located across the country in states such as:

  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • California
  • Florida

These distribution centers are not where customers go to do their shopping.

Rather, Costco ships its items from these distribution centers to its shopping stores.

However, some e-commerce deliveries are dispatched directly from the distribution centers.

What Items Are Available for Costco Same-Day Delivery?

The exact items available for Costco same-day delivery vary from city to city.

Generally, however, you can expect to see the following categories in the online catalog:

  • Produce
  • Staples (pasta, salt, sugar, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Meat and poultry
  • Frozen items
  • Snacks
  • Canned goods
  • Health and beauty products
  • Books
  • Electronics
  • Home and garden tools
  • And more

Can You Get Costco Same-Day Delivery for Prescriptions?

Yes.

It’s possible to get prescription medicines delivered via Costco’s same-day delivery service.

To do that, you’ll need to arrange your prescription at your closest Costco Pharmacy first.

The easiest way to do that is by signing up for Costco Pharmacy and creating your patient profile.

Once you do that, you can arrange for a prescription.

You can also call your nearest Costco Pharmacy and arrange for a prescription over the phone; you’ll get a text once your prescription is ready, with a link to schedule your delivery via Instacart.

Costco Membership Prescription Program

The Costco prescription program allows customers to get prescription refills at affordable rates.

You’ll need to create a patient profile on the Pharmacy site, but you don’t need to be a Costco member.

Once you’ve made a profile, you can also use the Costco Pharmacy mobile app to schedule deliveries.

If you don’t have the app, text “app” to 27104.

How Much Does Costco Same-Day Delivery Cost?

Costco ranks as one of the cheapest delivery apps available.

There is an added service fee and delivery fee for same-day delivery orders.

The delivery fee varies based on your location and how far you are from the Costco store.

Typically, it starts at $3.99.

Furthermore, items tend to be a bit more expensive online than when purchasing them in person.

In addition, there is an order minimum of $35 to qualify for same-day delivery when ordering on Costco.com.

Instacart has an order minimum of $10, while Shipt has no order minimum.

If you are an Instacart Express member and check out on Instacart, you’ll get free delivery for orders over $35.

Shipt charges $7 for deliveries under $35 and offers free delivery on orders over $35 to all Shipt users with a membership.

Do You Tip on Costco Same-Day Delivery?

You can always tip.

Tips are never required on Instacart or Shipt.

Still, it’s a good idea to show appreciation for the work your driver or grocery shopper put in by adding a small tip.

You can tip in the app or give them a few dollars in cash.

How to Order Costco Same-Day Delivery

To order Costco same-day delivery, you have three options.

The first is ordering on Costco.com.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Head to Costco Same Day.
  2. Sign in with your Costco membership.
  3. Select items and add them to your Same-Day cart.
  4. Check out on the Costco website. Remember, your same-day cart is separate from your regular cart.
  5. Select a delivery time slot.
  6. An Instacart shopper will fulfill and deliver your order.

If you are not a Costco member, you can order on Instacart.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Head to Instacart.com/Costco. Enter your zip code and sign in.
  2. Alternatively, download the Instacart app, create an account, and find Costco in the app.
  3. Select items and add them to your cart.
  4. Check out on Instacart.
  5. Select a delivery time slot.

Here is how to order from Costco on Shipt:

  1. Head to Shipt.com/Costco and enter your zip code to check availability.
  2. Create your account.
  3. Buy a Shipt membership or a Shipt Pass (this is optional; you can also make a one-time delivery for a fee).
  4. Alternatively, use the mobile app to find out if there is a Costco in your area.
  5. Select items and add them to your cart.
  6. Check out on Shipt and pay online.

Costco Same-Day Delivery FAQ

We get a lot of questions about Costco’s same-day delivery service.

Whether you’ve used Instacart before or not, here are answers to the most common questions we see.

Do you get a refund if your delivery isn’t same-day?

That depends.

If same-day delivery is not available in your area, you won’t get a refund if your delivery doesn’t arrive the same day.

However, suppose Costco promised you same-day delivery and your order came the next day.

In that case, you may be eligible for a full or partial refund by contacting Instacart or Costco.

Furthermore, if your order arrived after the time slot you chose, even if it came later the same day, you are eligible for a refund on the delivery fees, according to Instacart.

How late can you order for Costco same-day delivery?

Delivery windows on Instacart start at 9 AM and run as late as midnight.

Theoretically, you can order as late as 11 PM or even later and still get your groceries the same day, as long as a time slot is available.

However, availability does vary based on location, so it’s best to order in the morning or early afternoon to ensure you get your order that day.

Is Costco same-day delivery only for members?

No. If you order on Costco.com, you will need to be a Costco member.

However, if you are not a Costco member, you can still order on Instacart or Shipt.

However, if you place an order on Instacart, you will typically end up paying a little more for each item.

You can become an Instacart Express member to get exclusive discounts and free delivery on orders over $35.

Final Thoughts

Many people are surprised to learn that they don’t need to be Costco members to benefit from same-day delivery on Costco – as long as you order via Instacart.

If you have a participating Costco in your area, you can get groceries, electronics, and household items delivered to your door in as little as an hour.

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