Costco has begun offering curbside pickup.
The service is available at three of the food retailer’s locations in New Mexico.
Costco has yet to release a statement on the service. According to its consumer-facing website, however, the service is powered by Instacart and enables shoppers to pick a 1-hour no-contact pickup window. Costco charges $10 for the service and requires a $100 minimum order.
The service is only available to Costco members. A request to Costco about a curbside launch in Canada remained unanswered as of press time.
Costco is coming off a hot 2020, and the retailer recently said it had continued to see an acceleration in same-store sales due to its efforts to create a safe space for shoppers.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the 12 weeks ended Nov. 22, same-store sales at Costco increased 17%, up from Q4's 11.4% increase. Online sales jumped 86%. Net sales for the first quarter increased 16.9% to US$42.35 billion from $36.24 billion last year.