Meijer to expand home delivery to Ohio


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After success in Michigan and Indiana, Meijer will be partnering with Shipt to bring home grocery delivery to its customers in Ohio, the company announced Wednesday. The service will hit Dayton on April 27, Columbus on May 4 and Toledo in the summer, the company said.

Customers will be able to use the Shipt app or website to browse more than 55,000 items sold at their local Meijer stores, choose a one-hour delivery window and pay for their order. Products from throughout the store will be available, including produce, meat, dairy, health and beauty product. Meijer noted that because most of its stores are open 24 hours, deliveries will be available around the clock.

"Providing people with the option to shop online for thousands of grocery products and have them delivered to their door when it's most convenient for them is another Meijer innovation that helps our customers save time," Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. "The personalized service that Shipt offers, coupled with the quality and value our customers love about Meijer, creates a new type of shopping experience in Ohio."     

Since Meijer first piloted its delivery program in Detroit, expanding it to Grand Rapids, Mich. last fall, the company has seen more than 90,000 deliveries in Michigan. It also rolled the service out this week in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.

"Meijer is a mainstay in Midwest retail and our growing partnership speaks to their commitment to continuously find new and innovative ways to delight their customers," Shipt founder and CEO Bill Smith said. "With these new expansions, Shipt will now be able to offer the convenience of home delivery from Meijer stores to over 20 million households, creating a simpler, more enjoyable grocery shopping experience across the Midwest."

Shipt said that it would be growing its network of shoppers who work to fulfill orders, with plans to hire 10,000 people across its six-state Meijer expansion — about 1,000 of which will be in Ohio. Shipt memberships come with an annual $99 fee, with members receiving free shipping for orders over $35 and paying a $7 delivery fee for orders less than $35.

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