Wal-Mart, NetGrocer.com and Safeway allow customers to order groceries online. Safeway offers direct delivery from the store to the customer's home, while the other companies use third-party shipping to the home, as of 2015.
Wal-Mart limits grocery orders to nonperishable foods. The company provides free shipping for orders of more than $50. It provides both brand and generic items. Some of the items listed on the website are available in store only. The site-to-store feature allows the customer to shop online and then pick up his package of groceries at a local Wal-Mart store.
NetGrocer.com ships a large selection of groceries using FedEx. It ships everywhere in the United States and to APO and FPO addresses. Deliveries take three to five days from the time of order. If a country's customs department is likely to return a grocery item, NetGrocer.com warns the customer before accepting the order. The site allows customers to set up a favorites list and establish recurring orders.
In select areas, Safeway stores offer online ordering and same-day delivery. Safeway requires someone over age 18 in the home for the delivery. If the order includes alcoholic beverages, someone over 21 must be home. The service offers 1-, 2- and 4-hour delivery windows. The minimum order is $49.