Amazon Pantry vs. Target Restock

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated April 30, 2020

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Amazon has been the go-to source for home goods delivery for a while now. In fact, the service accounts for nearly 30% of home grocery deliveries[1] in selected markets. Best of all, customers do not have to stock up on items to meet a certain shipping quota or price. Even a single box of cereal can be ordered and delivered to your front door in a timely and professional manner.

The Amazon Prime service costs $119 annually, but Amazon Pantry is a separate offering that does not require a membership. So what is Amazon Pantry? Amazon Pantry[2] is a next-day delivery option that allows customers to efficiently order everyday staples, including items in a variety of categories ranging from baby supplies to groceries.

While Amazon Pantry is certainly dominating the home goods delivery market, they now have stiff competition in the form of the Target Restock[3] service. What is Target Restock? This ordering option, like Amazon Pantry, does not require a membership and it provides customers another way to save at Target. This offering also delivers pantry and household items to your door with next day deliveries.

Both Amazon Prime Pantry and Target Restock have been heavily marketing their services to mass consumers, and competition has driven down shipping fees. However, many customers seem to prefer Amazon due to fewer restrictions on groceries and amounts. Here are some more comparisons of both popular and growing services:

Minimums

Target Restock requires a minimum $35 purchase before discounts for all shipments, while Amazon Pantry will ship any size order although there are associated fees.

Shipping

All Target Restock orders ship free but they must meet the $35 minimum. Prime members may receive free shipping on Amazon Pantry orders over $35 or pay $5.99 for shipping on orders under that amount. In addition, non Prime members must pay $5.99 for all of their Amazon Pantry orders.

Variety

Both services allow customers to browse thousands of items that are available for home delivery including personal care items, foodstuffs, canned goods, household, and baby items. With that said, Amazon seems to have a broader range of products, including its own brands such as the 365 Everyday Value brand from Whole Foods.

Availability

Amazon Pantry seems to have more items in stock and is available in more areas. The Target Restock service is only available in certain cities, states and regions. You will have to enter your zip code to check for eligibility and availability.

Timing

Target Restock orders must be placed by 7 p.m. Mon-Fri to receive next day shipping. Orders placed over the weekend will be delivered the following Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile, Amazon Pantry allows customers to shop and order items from the site 24/7.

Discounts

Target customers who use their REDcard can enjoy 5% off their purchase and Prime members can benefit from the aforementioned free shipping option with a minimum $35 purchase.

With all of this in mind, Amazon Pantry is clearly the leader in home grocery and pantry item delivery services. However, Target’s services are continuing to soar in popularity despite their limitations. Although the Target Restock service may not be able to catch up to Amazon Pantry, it’s same-day delivery offering through Shipt may give Amazon’s same-day delivery service a run for its money.


Article Sources

  1. PR Web: Study Finds Online Supermarket Shoppers Register Improved Overall Satisfaction
  2. Amazon.com: Amazon Prime Pantry
  3. Target.com: Target Restock FAQ

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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