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Understanding the Shipt Best Buy Partnership [2024 Update]

Key Takeaways

  • Shipt and Best Buy offer same-day delivery for a wide range of items.
  • Customers can order electronics, appliances, and more from Best Buy via Shipt.
  • Same-day delivery through Shipt incurs additional fees, varying by location.
  • Shipt Shoppers receive numerous packages early and must complete deliveries by 8 PM.

Understanding the Shipt and Best Buy Partnership

Buy Buy and Shipt are two of the biggest names in their respective industries.

One on hand, Best Buy is a major vendor selling thousands of items while offering next-day deliveries.

On the other hand, Shipt is one of the fastest-growing delivery services that specialize in item deliveries, including immediate ones.

The two companies joined forces to offer enhanced deliveries by introducing same-day delivery for a wide range of Best Buy items.

The two companies announced their partnership for the first time in late 2020 right before the holiday season.

What Can You Get Through Shipt from Best Buy?

The partnership allows customers to purchase various products from Best Buy through Shipt, including:

  • Electronics, such as laptops, computer parts, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles
  • Minor home appliances, such as microwaves, mixers, portable dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, etc.
  • Toys, musical instruments, and physical video games
  • Gym and fitness equipment
  • Some accessories like phone covers, chargers, cables,  smart home devices, and streaming devices.

The Impact of the Ship Best Buy Partnership

The partnership was an instant success and was considered a win-win situation for all parties involved. For Best Buy, the partnership with Shipt expanded Best Buy’s delivery network significantly.

This gave the company a competitive edge in the fast delivery of various products, allowing it to achieve sales comparable to major rivals like Amazon.

For Shipt, this partnership broadened Shipt’s delivery offerings beyond groceries and everyday essentials.

It also attracted new customers who might have never used Shipt before, expanding their market and fulfilling the high demand for speedy delivery of electronics and appliances.

For Customers, appliance and electronics deliveries are now faster than ever, as they enjoy the wide availability range of Best Buy and the ultra-fast delivery performance of Shipt.

For Customers: Placing Best Buy Orders via Shipt

Although the partnership has been going on for years, a lot of people still don’t know how to utilize it. That’s where this section comes in handy!

First, you should know that you can’t directly browse Best Buy items through Shipt, as the two platforms remain separate entities despite the partnership.

The partnership works by utilizing the last-mile, delivery-only service by Shipt, called Shipt Driven. Here’s a breakdown of how to use it.

How to Place Orders

Luckily, utilizing the same-day delivery by Shipt comes at very little difference on your end, as you only need to order through Best Buy with Shipt as your delivery option. Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit bestbuy.com and browse or search for the items you need.
  2. Once you find the desired items, add them to your shopping cart on Best Buy’s website like you normally do.
  3. When it’s time for checkout, you’ll enter your billing information and delivery details.
  4. Among the delivery details, you’ll get to pick the type of delivery service you want. Look for the option that mentions “Same-Day delivery”.
  5. Complete your checkout and expect your item within the same day.

You’ll receive confirmation and tracking information for your order, which should be fulfilled by a Shipt shopper.

Keep in mind that this option might not be available for all products or areas, so it’ll only show up for eligible items.

If you order multiple items and one of them isn’t supported, you also won’t find the option available on checkout.

Associated Costs

Unlike Best Buy’s free next-day delivery, same-day deliveries typically cost a little more.

This is because using Shipt as a delivery option while buying items from Best Buy usually comes with an additional fee.

However, these fees may vary depending on various aspects, including your location and distance from the nearest Best Buy Inventory.

It also varies according to the size of the package.

What to Expect

Delivery times for Shipt orders from Best Buy work slightly differently when you compare them to regular Shipt orders.

According to guidelines, Shipt Shoppers typically receive a group of packages for delivery, which they should complete by 7 to 8 P.M.

In most cases, Shoppers will receive the package in the late morning to around noon. Shoppers are not obligated to contact the customers right away.

That’s why many of them will only start contacting customers when they’re on their way.

In that case, they’ll give you an estimated time of arrival and inquire about any details needed for accurate delivery.

You should also know that the total number of deliveries a Shopper needs to complete can impact delivery times significantly.

In other words, if a Shopper has plenty of workload, your package might take a bit longer. Yet, it should typically arrive no later than 8 P.M.

In most cases, Shipt Shoppers will drop off the item at the door, unless you specify otherwise during checkout.

For Shipt Shoppers: Delivering Best Buy Orders

In this section, we’ll take a closer look at delivering Best Buy orders but from the Shipt Shoppers prescriptive.

This should help you decide whether it’s a worthy side hustle for you.

Requirements and Qualifications

Not all Shipt Shoppers are able to do Best Buy order deliveries right away, as they need to meet some special requirements.

While these requirements are not officially disclosed by Shipt, they typically include additional training and verification.

This is necessary to ensure the safety of larger and fragile items that might be delivered.

Additionally, Best Buy deliveries are available for delivery-only Shoppers. This means that Shoppers who do full-service deliveries.

Delivery Process

For the most part, Best Buy deliveries function similarly to other delivery processes.

The only difference here is that Shoppers typically receive a number of packages early in the day, and they need to complete their deliveries by 8 P.M.

Customer communication as well as returns and exchanges are usually done through the Shipt app, which is fairly similar to how other returns work on the platform.

Earning Potential

Shipt Shoppers payments are handled by the platform and not Best Buy. In other words, Best Buy orders are typically not treated differently from a financial standpoint.

However, since Best Buy orders are typically large and plenty, they usually come at a higher potential income for Shoppers.

Additionally, Shipt adds various promotions and bonuses to keep Best Buy deliveries lucrative for Shoppers, especially around the holiday season.

Customer and Shopper FAQs

Now that you know more about the Shipt Best Buy partnership, here are some additional questions you might have on your mind

Can You Track Your Best Buy Order Through Shipt?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to directly track your Best Buy order when it’s delivered through Shipt through the Shipt app.

This is because Shipt Shoppers handles Best Buy deliveries differently. They receive all the packages to be delivered by early morning or noon and deliver them to customers before 8 P.M.

However, you can still track your order using the tracking information provided by Best Buy after checkout and order confirmation.

The only difference is that this tracking isn’t as sophisticated or in real-time as Shipt standard deliveries. Instead, you can only keep up with the status of the order.

Are There Alternative Options for Same-Day Delivery with Best Buy?

Best Buy’s same-day delivery isn’t only limited to Shipt. Best Buy offers its own same-day delivery service in select areas.

However, Best Buy’s delivery network isn’t as established as dedicated delivery companies like Shipt.

Similarly, Best Buy has similar partnerships with other delivery companies, such as DoorDash and Instacart. These two partnerships have similar policies and conditions as Shipt deliveries.

Does Best Buy Offer the Same-Day Delivery Option All Year Around?

Best Buy offers same-day and next-day deliveries all year round. However, the availability of this service can vary depending on location, type of order, and time of the year.

In fact, the lack of same-day availability during holidays is one of the main reasons behind the partnership with Shipt.

You can find out more about the same-day delivery availability in your specific area through this tool.

How to Handle Order Issues When Buying Best Buy Items Through Shipt

While Shipt handles delivery, Best Buy is still the seller. If your issue is related to the product itself (wrong item, missing item, malfunctioning product), you should report it directly to Best Buy by contacting customer support.

However, if you have a problem with the delivery itself, such as a lack of communication or mishandling, you may want to contact Shipt first.

Tips for a Smooth Best Buy Order Experience

Whether you’re a customer trying this order experience for the first time or a Shipt Shopper looking for valuable insights, the following tips will help you.

For Customer

Check Availability in Your Area

Shipt same-day delivery for Best Buy might not be available in all areas and times. Check the Best Buy website to see if the service is currently available in your region.

The conditions and terms for this partnership may also vary among locations, so you have to keep that in mind.

Watch Out for the Order Deadline

There’s usually a cut-off time for same-day delivery through Shipt, as Shoppers must deliver them by 8 P.M.

In most cases, the order deadline is 3 P.M every day except Sunday (2 P.M.) If you make a same-day order after the deadline, the items will arrive the next day.

Double-Check Your Order

Before placing your order, have a quick look to ensure the accuracy of your order and quantities.

Buying specific items may disable the same-day delivery option, so keep that in mind while choosing the products you want delivered to your home.

Prepare for Large Deliveries

While the delivery option is mostly for small items, some large items are eligible for same-day delivery with Shipt.

In that case, make sure that there’s a clear path for these items to make it easier for Shoppers to deliver them to your doorstep.

Consider a Shipt Membership

If you find the services of Shipt convenient, you might want to subscribe to Shipt membership. This gives you plenty of perks, including free delivery on a huge variety of items.

This free delivery may also reflect on your Best Buy orders, which potentially saves you extra money in the long run.

For Shoppers

Organize Your Schedule Effectively

Best Buy orders typically may involve multiple items and packages and you need to complete all deliveries by a deadline.

Since this doesn’t work similarly to regular Shipt orders, you might need to adapt to this unique schedule.

The good thing about this method is that it allows you to effectively organize your time and route to complete the deliveries as efficiently as possible.

Communicate with Customers Early

Unlike regular orders where you get to communicate directly with the customer when you pick an order, you’re free to contact the customer when you’re heading to them.

Since customers don’t get live tracking for the order like regular deliveries, contacting them early and agreeing on a specific delivery window should reassure them.

This should reflect positively on your rating and potentially earn you a nice tip.

Analyzing the Service: Is It Worth It?

Shipt offers same-day delivery on many Best Buy products, a big perk compared to standard shipping times for such products.

Ordering Best Buy items through Shipt is a great idea for anyone who prioritizes delivery time, especially during the holidays.

The process is fairly simple and doesn’t include any extraordinary steps or subscriptions. You simply order the product online and a Shipt Shopper will deliver it to your doorstep.

However, you should note that same-day delivery usually comes at an extra fee.

As for Shipt Shopper, Best Buy deliveries provide you with a large number of deliveries per day. This is ideal if you want a continuous flow of work.

However, some shoppers report that customers may not be able to tip Shipt shoppers for Best Buy deliveries through the app. This can be a major issue if you mainly depend on tips to maintain a decent earning.

Overall, both customers and Shoppers can benefit from the Shipt Best Buy partnership. However, the advantages are geared toward customers, as they get remarkable convenience and time-saving for a little premium.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will DoorDash Deliver From Best Buy?

Best Buy partnered with several delivery companies to improve its same-day delivery, including DoorDash.

The two companies announced the partnership in late 2023 to offer convenient same-day deliveries in plenty of locations.

Besides the standard features of the partnership, DashPass subscribers can also benefit from this partnership by enjoying free deliveries on eligible orders.

Does Shipt Deliver From Target?

Shipt offers deliveries from multiple stores, including Target!

In fact, Target acquired Shipt in December 2017.
Since then, Shipt has become the main platform for Target’s same-day delivery service.

This means you can make Target orders and have the items delivered to your doorstep through a Shipt Shopper.

Final Thoughts

The Shipt and Best Buy partnership offers a unique opportunity for both customers and Shoppers.

Customers gain the convenience of same-day delivery for electronics and appliances, saving them valuable time and effort. Shipt Shoppers benefit from potentially faster deliveries and guaranteed payouts.

Yet, you should also be aware of the limitations of the service, especially for Shoppers.

Luckily, this guide should provide you with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about utilizing this partnership.

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