Wednesday, November 29, 2023


On the road? Pick up your online orders at a supermarket

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

RVers on the road needing to have a package shipped to them have new options – at least when their package comes via FedEx. Imagine stopping at a supermarket, walking in and picking up that precious parcel. It’s already a reality.

If your travels take you near an Albertsons, Kroger, Walgreens, Fred Meyer, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market or Vons, then your FedEx package could be waiting for you. It’s a handy innovation (and one that those other guys with the brown trucks ought to be thinking about) that can help travelers get their goods more readily.

To find a pickup location on your travel itinerary, simply point your internet browser to When you get there, bring down the tab for “Locations” and click on “FIND A LOCATION”. The next window will have you enter a zip code or city and state – but go a step further and click the “More” option, then click the box “Hold at location.” This will bring up all the hold locations, including those like Albertsons or Walgreens. The detail information for each location also indicates important information, such as weight and/or size limitations for packages delivered to those locations.

So, need a quick package and don’t know where to go? It may be much closer than you think!

Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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chris p hemstead (@guest_37604)
4 years ago

If I only knew that my Amazon package would be coming via FedEx that would be wonderful.

DavidS (@guest_37499)
4 years ago

If you can buy through, you can have your items delivered to any store you like for pickup. I’ve done that a few times since we’ve been on the road.

Milem (@guest_37351)
4 years ago

Why the hell would we want to go through another inconvenience that’s like going to the post office, waiting in line etc. that’s why we have the convienience of having it dillevered to our home. That’s giving the thieves another reason to say they put someone through an inconvenience. I won’t be inconvenienced they better not show up at my doorstep.

Chuck Woodbury (@guest_37466)
4 years ago
Reply to  Milem

Milem, does it occur to you that not everyone is always at home like you to have a package conveniently delivered? The readers of this newsletter are RVers, who don’t just sit at home. This service works for them. It’s not meant for you. Why did you even leave a comment?

Diane Mc (@guest_37523)
4 years ago
Reply to  Milem

Amazon delivers to places like Safeway. There is a bank of lockers. Item is put in a locker. A code opens it. No lines. Besides Rv’ers works great for people who work and either live in an apt or don’t want packages sitting on their doorstep where it can be stolen.

chris p hemstead (@guest_37605)
4 years ago
Reply to  Milem

Apparently you missed the point.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_37342)
4 years ago

I wonder if all the stores have actual lockers, or just places to stow your stuff until you get there.

Shirley Hopkins (@guest_37550)
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’ve used Walgreens a few times and they have a locked cage in the photo dept. where the packages are kept.

Diane Mc (@guest_37332)
4 years ago

Amazon does that within various stores with lockers. When you place an Amazon order it gives you an option to see if this is available in your area.

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