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What Is a Grocery Delivery Driver and How to Become One

What Does a Grocery Delivery Driver Do?

As a grocery delivery driver, your job is to deliver food from a grocery store or warehouse to the homes of customers. Most customers place their food orders online and schedule them for delivery either the same day or the next day, but customers may occasionally place recurring orders as well. In this role, you load and unload a delivery vehicle, ensure you store each item appropriately, and develop relationships with customers. Some aspects of this position vary by company. For example, large grocery stores often provide a company truck to transport food with, while smaller delivery services may ask you to bring your own car or van and focus on delivery to a small number of customers.

How to Become a Grocery Delivery Driver

The primary qualifications for a grocery delivery driver are a valid driver's license and several years of driving experience. Many locations also require you to be at least 18 years old and have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds with or without assistance. Employers prefer experience in the grocery industry, but this is not necessary for most delivery roles. However, a clean driving record is important. Fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a grocery delivery driver requires a neat appearance, the ability to walk and climb steps and stairs while carrying food products, and excellent customer service skills. Some companies require you to provide your own vehicle.