Shipt is an online delivery service that goes beyond groceries and has a lot in common with other gig economy services like Doordash and Postmates. Like those similar services, Shipt operates by paying contractors to shop for, purchase, and deliver groceries and other items directly to your door. The service allows you to choose from a variety of grocery, office supply, pet, and drug stores, and you can place orders through their phone app or directly through their website.
Shipt is a subscription service that you can't use outside of a free trial period without paying. You can choose to pay monthly or yearly, with a nice discount if you pay yearly, so there is an ongoing cost associated with using the service regardless of whether you use it every week or rarely use it at all. Whether or not Shipt is worth it depends entirely on factors like how busy your schedule is, how often you think you'll use the service, and whether you can afford the ongoing subscription. Some people find Shipt to be a fantastic deal, because they just don't have time to go grocery shopping, while others feel like its an unnecessary luxury.
On a surface level, Shipt works a lot like any other online shopping experience. You make an account and subscribe to the service, then you add some items to your shopping cart, select a delivery window, and provide payment information. The difference between Shipt and traditional online shopping experiences is that Shipt doesn't have a large inventory of products for you to purchase. Instead, they send a personal shopper out to a local store in your neighborhood. That shopper purchaes the items on your list and then delivers them directly to your door. If you're interested in trying Shipt, this is how it works: