Saturday, June 14, 2008

Same Day Delivery!

Starting June 29, grocers in the State of Oregon will be allowed to make same-day delivery of beer and wine to private homes. While there are some restrictions to this new policy released by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the possibility for underage drinking has drawn some immediate criticism for the policy from a number of non-profit groups. Under the policy, grocery stores can deliver an unlimited amount of beer and wine to a home on the same day as long as the order is placed by 9 AM and delivered by 9 PM. Liquor is still only available in OLCC liquor stores.

This policy is largely a grocery industry driven initiative; Safeway being one of the largest proponents of the change. Interestingly, Safeway is based out of Pleasanton, CA - a state where you can by liquor at a gas station. I'm not sure what I think of this policy. First off, we don't have any stores that deliver groceries in Corvallis anyway -- and I suppose I'm more opposed to the whole idea of having your groceries delivered than I am of the beer and wine component. The exception to my hesitance, of course, would be in situations where a person may be home bound or have other reasons where they cannot make it to the grocery store. I feel like your general, healthy adult should get out of the house and go shopping.

Nonetheless, as home delivery grows it will be intriguing to see if any unintended consequences arise.


  1. This is interesting, I've never heard of it. But wha a bummer to not peruse the wine aisle!

  2. Having groceries delivered is not such a far off concept. There was a company, Peapod, that was quite big in 90s, I believe - although I am led to believe it may have been bigger in the East then in the West, I could be wrong. There is were also several other companies that did the same thing. They would deliver alcohol ordered, and it (on the whole) was more about the busy families being able to do the shopping without having to find the time to do it.

  3. Peapod is a "Eastern" United States company. They are in several major metro areas, I would imagine they are in LA too, but it may not have caught on in the large scale. I know my family and others have used grocery delivery systems. I think I would be interested to learn what Josh's aversion (for lack of a better term) to them might be. I do not know how they handled alcoholic deliveries, but it could be one of those "turn a blind eye" in the major cities where services like Peapod opperated.

  4. One simple solution is often ignored - require a signature upon delivery from a person 21 years of age or older. This puts delivery at the exact same level as purchasing liquor from a store. Yea kids will get it either way, but the liability is gone.