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Albertsons Just Added a New Way to Get Your Groceries

There's no contact required for this unique setup!

Because grocery shopping is far from a contactless activity, the safest way to get groceries right now is by ordering them online instead of making a trip to the store, according to the CDC. But even some delivery options may bring customers in close proximity with individuals from outside of your home. At some Chicago Jewel-Osco and Bay Area Safeway stores, that won't be an issue for much longer. 

Fully contactless PickUp lockers are being tested in the Chicago stores before moving to the West Coast, parent company Albertsons recently announced. The modular lockers are temperature controlled, which means they can be set up either indoors and outdoors. Plus, the grocer will be able to maintain proper temperatures for both frozen and heated items. Upon checking out, customers may select a time frame to pick up their order from the self-serve lockers using a code. (Be sure to check what is on your next grocery list, because these 8 Grocery Items May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

"With our temperature-controlled grocery lockers, Albertsons Cos. customers can quickly and conveniently pick up their entire order, from heated to frozen food items, whenever and wherever they want," Larry Blue, the CEO of Bell and Howell, the company which manufactures the PickUp lockers, said in a news release.

The PickUp lockers announced by Albertsons join other contactless shopping innovations introduced by grocery stores amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albertsons has already introduced Drive Up & Go options at Jewel-Osco and Safeway, plus other brands like Tom Thumb, Shaw's, and Von.

Walmart recently won the top spot for buy-online-pickup-in store orders in a survey of 2,000 shoppers from Ipsos. A major key to its success? Good signage. Sam's Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, finished first in curbside pickup in the grocery category. Dedicated parking was available at every audited Sam's Club location. Kroger placed second because of its ability to fulfill orders on time.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda