Shipt powers Target’s same-day delivery service and competes with the likes of Instacart to deliver groceries & staples from other retailers like Petco, CVS, and Office Depot.
Since Shipt operates a separate shopping portal from the Target app and Target.com, there are significant differences that shoppers need to know about. By making purchases through both Target and Shipt, you can have it all: Low prices, the best promotions, rebates, and even coupon deals. We break it all down here.
How does same-day delivery work at Target?
1. Target owns Shipt, their same-day grocery delivery provider.
Shipt was (and still is) an independent grocery delivery app, acquired by Target in December 2017. Shipt operates out of headquarters in Birmingham and San Francisco, running an on-demand network of shoppers delivering same-day grocery orders from a variety of retailers, including Target.
Shipt powers same-day deliveries within one-hour delivery windows in most U.S. cities.
2. The best way to get Target same-day delivery is by paying for a membership.
The standard membership cost is $99/year or $14/month. Membership gets you free same-day delivery on orders over $35 (per store) from a variety of stores. Orders under $35 cost $7 per delivery for members.
You can also place a one-off delivery order from Target without purchasing a Shipt membership, for $9.99 per delivery. But at ten bucks per delivery, this adds up quick. All you need is two deliveries a month to justify the membership, at $14/month.
The best time to buy a Shipt membership is on Black Friday. On Black Friday 2018, Shipt memberships went 50% off: $49 for a year. On Black Friday 2019, Shipt memberships went on sale for 50% off again, but the $49 got you TWO memberships instead of one!
3. Use one of these Target delivery promo codes:
- Use Shipt promo code mptPp to get $20 off your first order.
- Or Shipt coupon code ZdBZR to get $10 off a $99 annual membership.
- Try Shipt.com/redeem6 for a $49 six-month membership deal.
The promo code field is easy to overlook. Find it on the first screen of the Shipt sign-up page beneath the sign-up button.
4. Plus get four weeks of free delivery from Target.
All new Shipt users start with a free 4-week trial. If you cancel your trial before day 29 of your membership, you will not be charged.
After that, an annual Shipt plan is just $99 for unlimited orders of $35 or more.
You can cancel your Shipt membership in the app or on Shipt.com’s Manage Membership page.
You can also send an email requesting cancellation to email@example.com with your full name and phone number.
Or, you can call Shipt at (205) 502-2500.
5. You can place a Target delivery order through the Shipt app, the Target app, or Target.com.
Theoretically, it doesn’t matter where you place your Target delivery order. Once you have a Shipt membership, you can order through any of the three: Target.com, Target app, or Shipt app and get your same-day, one-hour window doorstep deliveries.
But, in actuality, the prices, the promotions, and the cash-back savings significantly vary, making the where-you-start-your-order question very important. Let me explain . . .
6. But Shipt doesn’t give the 5% RedCard discount
Because Shipt is an independent property with a separate payment portal, you cannot use Target RedCard to pay for your order, or to earn 5% cash back on your purchase.
7. Shipt and Target prices may vary slightly. Shipt prices are usually the same or cheaper.
Where prices vary, the cheaper price is actually most often available for Shipt delivery customers! Take this LaCroix sale price of $3.33 per 12-pack. You can get that sale price in the Shipt app or in the Target app if you select same-day delivery. If you shop in Target stores, you’ll pay $3.69.
Shipt actually says that “Our members can expect to pay about $5 more using Shipt than they would on a $35 order purchased in the store themselves. A loaf of Wonderbread costs $2.29 in the store and $2.59 to have it delivered to your door using Shipt. Our members are happy to pay the extra $.30 for the convenience and time saved!”
We compared 20 items between Target in-store and Shipt same-day delivery, and if you exclude items that were participating in gift card promotions, Shipt had the same prices as Target in about 80 – 90% of the cases, and in 10 – 20% of the cases, Shipt’s price was lower.
8. Plus, Shipt has promotions that Target doesn’t.
Shipt has a lot of dollar-off savings when you buy multiples. Look under the Savings tab in the Shipt app to find promotions like ‘buy 5, save $4’ or ‘spend $10, get $2’. The savings credit will land in your account after your purchase is complete and act like a gift card on your next purchase.
Credits are auto-applied to your next purchase and usually valid to redeem for the next 30 days.
If you order 19 yogurts at $0.55 each in order to reach the $10 minimum and one of those yogurts is out of stock, you will not receive the $2.00 credit. You’ll only get the promotional dollars if your order meets the minimum requirements at checkout.
All spend minimums must be reached in one transaction. You cannot place two orders of yogurt to reach the $10 minimum.
9. And, now Shipt has manufacturer coupons available in app.
As of May 2020, Shipt has digital manufacturer coupons available in its app. In many cases, the Shipt manufacturer coupons are unique from those in the Target app. In other cases, Shipt hosts the same manufacturer coupons available in the Target app for in-store redemption only.
That means, as of now, the only way to use manufacturer coupons on a Target delivery order is by using the Shipt app.
10. Shipt doesn’t do Target gift card promos.
Gift card promotions advertised in the Target weekly ad are not available in the Shipt app. Target Circle offers are not available in the Shipt app.
But, you can get gift card and Circle savings if you place your same-day delivery order through the Target app.
11. Shipt orders placed through Target can earn you gift cards, allow Target Circle offers, and earn 5% RedCard cash back.
Placing your Shipt order through Target.com or the Target app qualifies you for an entirely different set of “rewards” than orders placed in the Shipt app.
How do you get the best prices on Target grocery delivery? Basically, you need to divide orders and use both tools. I use the Target app and Shipt app.
- For items listed in the Target weekly ad, I shop same-day delivery with the Target app.
- For items not on sale at all, I shop same-day delivery with the Target app for my RedCard cash back.
- For items on sale or promotion in the Shipt app, I shop through the Shipt app.
- For items with manufacturer coupons available, I shop through the Shipt app.
12. Shipt orders come with a regular printed receipt, great for uploading to Ibotta.
In addition to an itemized digital receipt available in the Shipt app, your grocery delivery comes with a printed, itemized receipt, just like the one you’d receive if you shopped in store for yourself.
13. Shipt delivers milk and ice cream, apples and Apple.
You can order almost anything from Shipt: frozen foods, refrigerated items, and fresh produce if your area has a Super Target location.
You can order an iPad and a pineapple, an Uno card game and a dozen eggs. The only limits come on items over 40 lbs.
14. Shipt vs. Walmart grocery delivery: The better deal depends on what you buy the most.
Walmart prices beat Target on fresh staples like milk, eggs, cheese, and produce. Packaged foods, juices, pantry items, personal care, and household items are priced near identically at Target and Walmart.
Target prices beat Walmart every time Target runs a promotion. Walmart doesn’t really do sales. If you’re shopping Target gift card promotions or Shipt ‘buy 3, save $3’ promotions, you’ll probably be paying less than you would at Walmart.
Walmart Delivery unlimited costs $98/year or $12.95/month. Or you can pay $7.95 per order without a membership.
15. Unlike Walmart delivery (powered by DoorDash), Target Shipt shoppers go in store for your items before driving them to you.
There’s something nice about being able to text with your shopper regarding out-of-stock items or changes to your order before they bring the order to you. Feels like you’re dealing with an actual human.
Competitors like Walmart use store employees to shop the items and then a DoorDasher picks up the order to drop it at your doorstep.
16. Share a membership by placing orders for your friends and family.
Whether that means you split membership cost with your sister, send weekly groceries to your grandmother, or ship yourself sunscreen and snacks to a Disneyland hotel, one Shipt membership allows you to do it all.
17. Or gift a $49 membership and get $25 credit.
While the official referral code will get you $10 per friend you refer, gifting a membership is actually the best way to save big. Gift a 6-month membership for $49 and you’ll get $25 off your next order. That’s like only paying $24 for six months — think baby shower gift.
18. Get paid an average of $15/hr to become a Shipt shopper.
Does getting paid to walk around Target sound dreamy?
Shipt hires independent contractors to become Shipt shoppers. They advertise pay up to $22/hr, but many Shipt shoppers say pay is closer to $15.
For each shop, pay is $6 plus a percent of the order total, plus tips. The best way to earn good money is to be quick enough to shop and deliver two orders at once, all within the delivery window.
There are great YouTube accounts of exactly what it’s like to be a Shipt shopper, if you want to know more.
Target Delivery FAQs
Does Shipt take gift cards?
No. Shipt doesn’t take any gift cards for any retailer. There is no gift card input field.
Does Shipt deliver alcohol?
You must be 21+ with a valid ID to order or receive alcohol. Shipt credits cannot be applied to alcohol items. Alcohol inventory varies by retailer. Shop Shipt alcohol.
Does Shipt deliver prescriptions?
Order prescriptions from a CVS pharmacy inside Target. Choose same-day delivery and your Shipt Shopper will deliver it with reliable service you can count on. Get started at CVS.com/delivery.
Will Target price match Shipt?
No, not if you’re shopping in store. The exclusive pricing and promos are reserved for same-day delivery shoppers.
Do you tip Shipt shoppers?
Yes. The official word from the company is, “Tips are not required but are greatly appreciated.” Shipt shoppers rely on tips.
Our two cents on tipping etiquette: your tip should change based on how large your order is. Think 10 – 20% of your order, or $5 minimum. 100% of your tip will go to the shopper.
How are Shipt delivery people paid?
Shipt shoppers make about $6 per order, plus a graduated fee based on how large the order is. Without tips, it’d be difficult for a Shipt shopper to make over $10/hr.