Leading wholesale retailer Costco has launched an online grocery delivery service in Canada, starting in southern Ontario.
According to a new report from Financial Post, starting today, southern Ontario residents and business can use their Costco memberships and benefit from delivery straight to their doorsteps.
“We’ve watched our colleagues in the U.S. enjoy success from their Costco Grocery launch, and are looking to repeat the same success in Canada,” said Andrée Brien, Costco Canada’s Senior Vice-President and Senior General Merchandise Manager in a news release.
At first, delivery service will only be available in Southern Ontario only, with all orders from Costco.ca processed out of a warehouse in Toronto. Only non-perishable goods will be available through the service, and orders will arrive within two days and will include no delivery surcharge for orders over $75 CAD.
Costco eventually plans to expand deliveries to the rest of Ontario and into Quebec. No timelines have been set for other regions in Canada.
“We are very excited about the launch of Costco Grocery,” said Brien. “This new shopping option brings employment opportunities and makes a wider selection of quality goods available to members and businesses in Southern Ontario.”
“For consumers looking for the convenience, if you don’t have to carry any of that stuff around, well, online shopping sounds like a good deal,” said Sylvain Charlebois, professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.
Costco Wholesale operates 99 warehouses in Canada and employs more than 39,000 people in the country. It said its website offers more than 19,000 items, whereas its stores offer about 3,500.