SACRAMENTO, Calif — Families across the nations are hunkering down as officials try to contain the spread of coronavirus. Officials have made it clear that the most vulnerable populations like the elderly or those with compromised should stay at home.
For that reason, retailers are seeing a surge in online shopping as more and more consumers are avoiding having to step foot in a brick-and-mortar store.
The problem has pushed some like Joe Cornish, who is HIV positive and considered in the high-risk group, to leave his home and head to a grocery store.
"Every place has limited or else they don't have any delivery window open yet," says Cornish.
Cornish says he is taking precautions like using gloves to keep himself safe.
And so are many of the elderly people ABC10 spoke with who said they are hoping the Sacramento County officials step in and help those in need with a food delivery option.
So, what options do they have if they need to get essential items like groceries?
Instacart is one option available in Sacramento. Here is how it works. The consumer needs to create an account, add their address to confirm delivery in their area, and then begin shopping.
This is also a good option if you are ordering for someone else. Keep in mind that there is a delivery fee.
Target, Safeway and other local stores have an online delivery option that works in similar ways. Most of these retailers use a third company service called Shipt.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you have the perk of free grocery delivery with Prime Now. But again, you must be an Amazon member.
Keep in mind that panic buying is making it more difficult for online grocery delivery services to keep up.
For example, on Amazon Prime Now, shoppers are receiving notices that the inventory for certain items may be low or the delivery date may be pushed back.
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