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A Step-By-Step Guide to Instacart Publix Delivery

For a convenient shopping experience on Publix, here’s a guide on how to shop & receive the items at home using the Instacart Publix delivery

Key Takeaways

  • Instacart offers Publix delivery; “Publix Quick Picks” for fast deliveries.
  • Delivery fees start at $3.99; prices on Instacart may be higher.
  • Tip Instacart Publix delivery drivers; suggested tip is 5% of total.
  • Five delivery options include same-day delivery and curbside pickup.

Does Instacart Have Publix Delivery?

Yes! Publix is one of many stores that partner with Instacart. This is similar to that of the Costco Instacart, one of the most popular stores on the entire app.

a screenshot of an Instacart Publix order screen on instacart.com

Instacart has been expanding its services and has recently introduced “Publix Quick Picks” for even faster grocery deliveries.

They’ve also launched the “Priority Delivery” service, starting in 300 stores and expanding to almost 1,200 Publix stores across seven states.

How Much Does Publix Instacart Delivery Cost?

Several factors influence the final bill, including the grocery items’ cost, availability of promotions, service fees, and delivery charges.

It’s worth noting that prices on Instacart may be slightly higher due to Publix’s collaboration costs with Instacart, which they claim isn’t for profit. Instacart is known to markup food prices, and we don’t see this partnership being an exception.

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Service and Delivery Fees

Using Instacart for your Publix grocery shopping may come with certain fees. For instance, delivery fees begin at $3.99 for same-day orders exceeding $35. If you opt for Priority Delivery, the cost might be slightly higher.

It’s also worth noting that Instacart prices might be marginally increased due to collaboration costs with Publix. Service fees cover various operational costs such as shopper insurance, customer support, and background checks. These are distinct from delivery fees and do not serve as tips for shoppers.

For those who opt for the Instacart+ membership, there are benefits like discounted service fees and free delivery for orders over $35.

Are Publix Prices Higher on Instacart?

Short answer: Yes. Publix increases its prices for Instacart shoppers to cover the costs of partnering with Instacart.

According to Publix, they do not make a profit on this increase. All of the money goes toward Instacart’s partnership with Publix.

Publix and Instacart do not seem to disclose the exact markup percentage online, and it most likely varies. But according to some Instacart shoppers, you could end up paying about 15 to 20 percent more for items through Instacart than in-store.

Do You Tip Instacart Publix Delivery?

Tipping your Instacart shopper is optional, but it’s a great way to show appreciation for their service. Instacart suggests a default tip of 5% of your total, or at least $2.

This can be adjusted during the checkout process, with the flexibility to increase it for up to 14 days after delivery or reduce it within 2 hours post-delivery.

Remember, 100% of the tip goes directly to your shopper.

How to Create an Instacart Account

Before being able to order from Publix, you need to create an Instacart account.

  1. Visit the official website or download the Instacart app from your phone’s app store.
  2. Sign up with an email address, Google, Apple, or Facebook authentication.
  3. Set a password and click continue to begin shopping.
  4. Enter your delivery address. Instacart doesn’t limit you to a single delivery address or ZIP code.
  5. Select the Publix store to begin shopping.

How to Order From Publix Using Instacart

After creating an account, follow these steps to make your first order:

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. On the homepage, confirm the address at the top is correct. The address determines the store options that Instacart will show you.
  3. At the top, search for Publix or click “View All Stores” to find it.
  4. Browse the Publix store to find desired items or search at the top of the page for the item you want.
  5. Add any items you want to the cart, including specific instructions if necessary.
  6. If an item is out of stock, replace it with an acceptable alternative to reduce real-time communication with your shopper.
  7. Confirm you have added all the items you need to the cart and click “Go to Checkout.”
  8. Confirm the delivery address and pick a delivery time.
  9. Add delivery instructions and click “Place Order.”

What Happens If You Forget an Item?

No worries. You can add items to the order after checking out.

  1. Click the Orders Tab or open the order’s confirmation pageand view your previous order. From there, select Add Items to go back to the store page.
  2. Select an item and click Add to Order. The new item will be reflected in the existing cart.
  3. Place the order, and your shopper will deliver the items to you as quickly as possible based on available delivery options and your delivery instructions.

Instacart Publix Delivery Options

There are five main delivery options you can use when ordering from Publix. Let’s go over each one of them.

Same-Day Delivery for Varied Items

With the same-day delivery option, you receive your delivery as fast as one hour. It might take longer, depending on how busy the period is, but the guarantee is that you’ll have your items within the same day.

Delivery fees start at $3.99 for items worth $35 and above and will increase or decrease based on how much your items are worth.

To schedule/reschedule a same-day delivery:

On the App:

  1. Log in to your account, make the order, and select a delivery time.
  2. To reschedule the time, tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner.
  3. Select the order you want to reschedule.
  4. Scroll to the Delivery Date and Time option, then tap “edit” to edit the previously filled-in information.
  5. Follow the same process to confirm the delivery time before making the order.

On the Website:

  1. Click the three horizontal lines at the upper left corner of your Instacart account.
  2. Tap Your Orders from the menu.
  3. Locate the order and click View Order Details.
  4. On the Order Info box that opens, enter the delivery date and time or click edit to reschedule.
  5. Click “save” on the top right corner.

Instacart Curbside PickUp

Curbside pickup allows you to shop online, place an order, set the pick-up time, and pick up the order at that particular Publix store.

How It Works:

  1. Make the order and select the pickup window before checkout.
  2. When the order is prepared, you’ll get a notification or text on your phone.
  3. Send an in-app notification to your shopper to let them know you’re on the way.
  4. Different stores operate differently; some will bring the order to your car, while others will require that you pick up the order inside the shop. Follow the instructions to understand how the store curbside pickups operate.

Because you cannot switch the order type once it’s made, take a second to confirm before you choose between the pickup window (curbside) and the delivery window (same-day).

Publix and Instacart Digital Deli Counter Delivery

Publix ‘Digital Deli Counter’ uses the Instacart Meals feature for made-to-order sandwiches known as Pub Subs.

You can select from various types of cheese, bread, veggies, meats, and other available condiments to build the desired Pub-Sub.

The Publix deli department will prepare the sandwich for you and set it aside for delivery or store pick-up, based on your specifications.

To further increase customer convenience, the website suggests eligible combo options, such as drinks, as soon as you add the made-to-order item to the cart. For example, Publix has a signature combo deal with a sandwich, bag of chips, and drink.

Publix Alcohol Delivery Through Instacart

You can get Publix Liquor products delivered within an hour through Instacart. To purchase alcohol, select the Publix Liquors store in the city you’re in. Search for wine, beer, or spirits, add them to the cart, and select the delivery option.

You must be older than 21 to order alcohol and need to present a valid ID on delivery. Publix Liquors are sister stores to Publix supermarkets and are usually found close to them.

Publix Quick Picks Deliveries

Quick Picks are small-order deliveries that arrive within 30 minutes. They’re perfect for time-sensitive deliveries. For example, when you’re in the middle of preparing a meal and need an ingredient urgently.

To use Quick Picks, visit the virtual Publix storefront through your Instacart account. Select desired items from groceries, household essentials, and fresh foods to pantry items and snacks. Go to checkout and select Instacart Priority Delivery.

It works as an express lane, and the delivery fees are higher than that of standard deliveries.

Wrap-Up

That was it!

And if you have questions or encounter an issue when ordering from Publix via Instacart, you can text your shopper on the app. Ensure you can contact your shopper by setting up the communication preferences on the app.

To do so, click the three horizontal lines on the top left corner, and select “account settings”, followed by “notifications”. Once you’re there, turn all the notifications on.

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