Would you like a bag with that? A look at Canada’s grocery pickup, delivery options

A look at Canada’s grocery pickup, delivery options

TORONTO — The Canadian grocery sector has long been considered a bit of a laggard compared to the U.S. when it comes to e-commerce and delivery services. That could change with Amazon’s announcement it plans to buy Whole Foods.

Here’s a look at what some Canadian grocers offer to time-strapped shoppers:

Loblaw: In the fall of 2014, Loblaw launched its click-and-collect program, where customers order their groceries online and collect them at a designated store. As of February, the program was available at about 100 locations. The company is mulling the possibility of introducing home delivery.

Metro: Metro, which has stores in Ontario and Quebec, launched a similar service last October at three locations in Montreal. The grocer has said it plans to expand it as demand increases.

Empire: The parent company of several grocery store chains offers online shopping with either delivery, in-store pickup or both at several IGA locations.

Walmart: The discount retailer offers a limited online grocery shopping service with an in-store pickup option in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area. It also provides delivery to three condos in Toronto.

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