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June 13, 2018

What’s the Better Fit for You: Target Restock or Amazon Prime Pantry?

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 1, 2019

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Amazon Prime has been the go to source for home goods delivery for a while now. In fact, the service now accounts for nearly 30% of home grocery deliveries 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 within a timely and professional manner. This includes same day or next day deliveries on all purchases.

Amazon Prime service costs $119 and Prime Pantry, an add-on grocery service for members, charges $6 per grocery box, but is moving toward a $5 monthly subscription.

While Amazon Prime Pantry is certainly dominating the home goods delivery market, they now have stiff competition in the form of Target’s new Restock service (which you can sign up for here), which provides customers another way to save at Target. This service also delivers pantry and household items to your door with same day or next day deliveries. The process works in the following way:

· Interested customers will register for Restock membership at Target or affiliated websites.

· Customers can then browse thousands of items that are available for home deliveries; personal care, foodstuffs, canned goods and household and baby items.

· Target’s Restock service allows a maximum of 45 pounds per door-to-door grocery delivery. This is monitored by the site’s online tracking system.

· All orders must be placed by 7 p.m. Mon-Fri, and you must select Restock Express Shipping. This guarantees next day delivery; however, customers must also pay a small nominal fee of $2.99 to ensure expedited deliveries. For free shipping, they have to use their Target REDcard.

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 seems to prefer Amazon due to fewer restrictions on groceries and amounts. Here are some more comparisons of both popular and growing services:

· Target’s Restock Express Shipping charges $2.99 per grocery box order, a recent price drop from $5 per box.

· Prime Pantry charges $6 per grocery box order but will soon move to a $5 monthly subscription model.

· Target’s Restock Express Shipping requires customers to place all orders by 7 p.m. Mon-Fri for next day shipping.

· Amazon Pantry allows customers to shop and order items in their Prime Pantry Store 24/7.

· Target customers must use their REDcard in order to qualify for free shipping.

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

With 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 its limitations.

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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