Grocery delivery has been an amazing plus. When you have sick kids at home, are sick yourself, and your partner is deployed, gone or at training, grocery delivery means you don’t have to drag yourself out the door or pack up sick kids into the car. Grocery delivery has grown as an option to many stores over the last couple of years. It looks like the Defense Commissary Agency, or DECA, is looking to add this benefit to its stores.
A contract solicitation for grocery delivery was published by the Defense Department on January 31st. The pilot program states that grocery delivery could be provided within a 20-mile driving radius of select stores.
The eight stores where the pilot program is proposed includes:
- Naval Base San Diego, California
- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
- Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
- Fort Belvoir, Virginia
- Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
- Fort Bragg South Post Commissary, North Carolina
- MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
While the pilot program does not list a specific timeline for when the program would be executed, grocery has been a goal of the new Defense Commissary Agency Director Bill Moore. The ultimate goal is for all the commissaries in the continental United States to provide this service. There will be a service charge, keeping in line with other large stores’ grocery delivery services. A proposed service charge was not listed in the solicitation, but would likely be determined by the contractor who provides the delivery.
Grocery Pick Up is a currently provided service at the Commissaries. Click 2 Go provides free grocery pick up at Continental U.S. Commissaries. There is no minimum for grocery pick up and can be ordered all online, including digital coupons. The ability to grocery shop online without leaving your home, and then selecting a pickup time is great for meal planners, those who just don’t want to shop in the store or have napping children. The addition of grocery delivery would mean you wouldn’t even have to leave the house to get your favorite grocery items.
Will you use grocery delivery from the Commissary?