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5 Best Notification Bots for Available Delivery Slots on (almost) any Grocery App

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If you’re just beginning your coding journey, this is pretty much how these bots work.

So we may not be living the future predicted by the Jetson’s, but we’re pretty close! In response to unprecedented demands for online delivery of essentials at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many shoppers were left with long wait times to reserve a delivery, or found themselves constantly refreshing the page and waking up at odd hours in hopes of beating the crowd.

Well those days are (almost) behind us as many of the mentioned services were able to ramp up hiring to meet the demand, but the utilitity of these scripts remain. Below you’ll find a list (not ranking) of ready to install bots for your Mac, Window, and/or Linux system that save you time by refreshing your grocery delivery service of choice in the background and notifying you when a slot becomes available (via text, email, and/or desktop notification).

1) Amazon Fresh/Whole Foods Delivery Slot Finder

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  • Summary: A Mac tool that finds available delivery slots for Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery and Amazon Fresh services.
  • Language(s): Applescript
  • Operating Sytem(s): MacOS
  • Browser: Safari
  • Notification option(s): Mainly desktop notifications, later functionality added for iMessage only
  • Additional comment(s): Auto-ignores out of stock items

2) Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh Delivery Slot Automated Script

Source: https://www.wehodaily.com/news/amazon-fresh-and-whole-foods-ultrafast-delivery-is-now-free/
  • Summary: Automated script for Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh delivery slot
  • Language(s): Python
  • Operating Sytem(s): MacOS, Linux, and Windows
  • Browser: Chrome and Firefox
  • Notification option(s): Verbal desktop notification
  • Additional comment(s): Auto-buy feature on Chrome

3) (Freshdirect) Grocery delivery software

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/12/tech-giants-serving-up-real-competition-for-freshdirect.html
  • Summary: Automated script for Freshdirect delivery slot
  • Language(s): Python
  • Operating Sytem(s): MacOS, Linux, and Windows
  • Browser: Chrome
  • Notification option(s): Email alert
  • Additional comment(s): n/a

4) Delivery Finder

  • Summary: An automated bot to find delivery window of InstaCart and Amazon Whole Foods Market, Costco Same Day and Walmart Groceries
  • Language(s): Javascript
  • Operating Sytem(s): ???
  • Browser: Chrome
  • Notification option(s): Desktop notification
  • Additional comment(s): Most versatile option on this list

5) Instacart Delivery Slot Finder

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/10/instacarts-hiring-spree-continues-as-it-faces-unprecedented-demand/
  • Summary: The Instacart Delivery Slot Finder is a cross platform tool that helps you find an available delivery slots which sends out a voice notification when a slot if found.
  • Language(s): Python
  • Operating Sytem(s): Mac and Windows
  • Browser: Chrome
  • Notification option(s): Desktop voice notification
  • Additional comment(s): n/a

Honorable mentions

In my research, I also found another Amazon Fresh bot article featured on Medium, which included SMS text functionality. However, this bot didn’t make the list because the Github repository was no longer available. If you’re curious, here’s the Twilio/SMS functionality. Additionally, I’ve included the link to the original article which has additional code snippets and

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I hope you find the above list useful and please feel free to reach out if you have any issues, corrections, or questions.

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