Birmingham-based Shipt is already sending its Huntsville shoppers to its customers' doorsteps with groceries weeks after announcing it was going to provide this service.
Keunna Goode is one of Huntsville's first delivery drivers. She is one of many who will take online orders and go to a nearby Publix to get the groceries. Goode believes many are interested in Shipt for its convenience.
"They don't like the traffic, or they just don't want to bother going into the store shopping for themselves," Goode says, "They said they would pay for somebody else to do it."
Goode delivered groceries Tuesday morning to restaurant manager and Huntsville resident LeeLee Wiginton. Wiginton says the online process made shopping easy, and she says even though there were certain items not listed on the app, she was able to manually order those specific products. Wiginton requested a particular cut of chicken for a dinner she planned to prepare, and Goode made sure she would not be disappointed with the purchased item.
"She sent me a picture of a substitution that would work so that I could actually see the product that she was going to bring," Wiginton says, "We discussed that, it worked out and it took two minutes."
While Wiginton sees Shipt as an asset for someone with a busy home life, she is also considering using the app to buy needed items at her restaurant.
"Being at the restaurant, we are so busy all the time and [we need] a forgotten item at the last minute when we have a million things going on," Wiginton says, "This is going to be a great option for me."
Goode says the flexible hours make it an ideal second job for her as she plans to attend school in Spring 2016.