Meijer launches 1-hour delivery


Meijer has joined the rush of retailers adding delivery services. The Grand Rapids-based mass merchant has partnered with Shipt to provide one-hour delivery to shoppers in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Beginning Sept. 15, shoppers will be able to use the Shipt smartphone app to shop roughly 55,000 items from one of 25 Detroit-area Meijer stores offering the service. This includes most grocery items, according to the company.

Users can select a one-hour delivery window and the service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the same hours kept by most Meijer stores.

"This is yet one more option to make shopping at Meijer easier for our customers," said Michael Ross, vice president of Digital Shopping and Customer Marketing. "We believe our relationship with Shipt will provide many of our customers an all-encompassing service that will save them time and add a new convenience when shopping at Meijer."

There is a membership fee attached with Shipt, either $99 annually or a monthly option. Shipt members receive unlimited delivery on all orders more than $35.

Retailers have been rolling out delivery services at a furious rate, hoping to keep pace with Amazon's Prime, Prime Now and Fresh programs. Whole Foods has invested in Instacart, and Walmart is testing a partnership with Uber and Lyft in the Denver and Phoenix areas.