I used King Soopers’ ClickList this week! I’ve been waiting for them to bring their order online, pick-up at store service to Colorado Springs for what seems like forever, so I’m super happy that it’s finally here – and at my favorite King Soopers location!
Overall, I was really pleased with the service. I have no idea how long it took me to place my order, though it wasn’t too much longer than it normally takes me to make a list. I loved that I could add notes to each of the items (for instance, I specified that I wanted medium-sized red onions if possible) and everything that I wanted, including meat that’s by-the-pound, was available online – a frustration that I have with Sam’s Club’s Click-n-Pull service in that items that are by-the-pound usually have to be special requested.
When I got to King Soopers, I pulled in to the designated parking spot, called the number on the sign, and told them that I was there to pick up my order. (By the way, it’s a ClickList-specific number that you call, so you get connected straight to the ClickList desk.) They asked if I had paper coupons or had brought my own bags, both of which were “no’s” for me so I don’t know how those would be handled.
Within a few minutes, they were bringing out my order and loading it into my van! There were a couple of items that they had to substitute, which wasn’t a problem. You know how they sometimes have Driscoll’s berries and sometimes it’s another brand? When I ordered online, I think it said “Driscoll’s blackberries” but they actually had a different brand in stock, so they explained that they substituted it for the other brand, which I never would even have noticed. (It seemed to be more an issue of if I was looking really closely at the receipt and comparing UPC numbers to what I had ordered, it would be slightly different.)
I paid via their tablet and they had a receipt and order inventory already printed, and I was on my way with $130 of groceries in about ten minutes!
I’m definitely planning to use this service for my main weekly shopping trip, though there are a few things that I’m going to have to either get used to or figure out:
– On the Buy 10, Save $5 sale, the participating items aren’t marked online so you have to deduce based on what’s in the ad and how it’s priced online. For instance, Land O Lakes butter was $2.49 online, but I guessed (and was right) that on my final receipt, it had rung up as $1.99 because of the $0.50 discount because it was included in the Buy 10 sale.
– When they are out of an item that you ordered as part of a Buy 10 sale, it can throw off your entire count because all of the sudden you might only have nine participating items! I’m not sure how to handle this; my plan at this point is probably to skip the Buy 10 sales – at least the super popular items that may be out of stock – and just make a mid-week trip in-person to stock up on items.
– I think it’s going to be tough to double-check the order since you have to do it in the parking lot! I guess mostly at this point I am going to trust that they’ll get it right and try to do some sort of a double-check when I get home.
– I’m not sure how they handle catalinas (the coupons you receive at checkout). I didn’t receive any with my receipt, which wasn’t a big deal as I wasn’t expecting any but it seems like I almost always get one so it did make me wonder.
Oh, and one really silly thing that I was happy about: they’re using ClickList bags instead of the regular King Soopers bags, and they are about 5x thicker than the normal King Soopers bags so they don’t break!
Your first three ClickList orders are free, and it’s $4.95 per order after that, which I think is pretty reasonable for a weekly shopping trip (even though I’ll point out that Walmart’s is free). I won’t be using it for just a few items, though!
And while the headline proclaims that someone else did my grocery shopping this week, I will still point out that I also stopped at Sam’s Club to pick up a Click-n-Pull order and also at Sprouts for some produce deals. I don’t foresee King Soopers’ ClickList making me shop exclusively there, but I have the feeling that it will probably mean on those weeks when I don’t want to shop multiple places, King Soopers will be the place I do shop.
If you’ve used ClickList, I’d love to hear how it went for you!
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