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Even with the variety of speedy shipping options available these days, sometimes you want to go into a store and pick up a product yourself. Whether it’s to check out the product in person or because you need it right away, buying a product in a store has a lot of perks — though you may not always have time for a shopping adventure. 
Luckily, for those situations when you need a gift, or a product for yourself, as soon as possible, there’s the “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” option. 
This handy service provided by some of your favorite department stores and retailers lets you browse and purchase products online, then pick them up in the physical store as early as the same day.

Other than decreasing your stress over whether you’ll get what you need in time for when you need it, the “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” option is also useful for:

When you don’t want to deal with other shoppers or long checkout lines
When you’d like to get a gift for someone but keep it discrete
When you live close to a local store, and it’s more convenient to just pick it up

While the basic premise of “Buy Online, Pick Up in Store” is similar across stores, there are some subtle differences that are important to note, especially regarding return, hold, and charge policies.

For each store below, we’ve broken down the different pickup options, what to do after you place your order, what you need at the store, what to do if you’d like someone else to pick up the order, and how long your order will be held at the store.

Keep reading for all you need to know about in-store pickup at 15 popular stores:Target
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Pickup options: Look for “Free Order Pickup” when adding an item to your cart on Target’s website. You can also shop from a list of free-order-pickup eligible items by browsing any category and selecting “Free order pickup” from the availability dropdown.

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the Guest Services counter at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A photo ID.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: You can add or change an alternate pickup person on the order details page by editing the “Delivery” section. This person needs to bring their own photo ID. 

How long your order will be held at the store: Seven days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you won’t be charged. You can extend your pickup window by one day by signing into your online account or visiting your order details page.

Shop online and pick up in store at Target
 

Nordstrom
Nordstrom

Pickup options: When you’re looking at a category or search results, go to “Shop your store” and enter your zip code to filter the results accordingly. Then select the store at checkout. 

The order is usually available for pickup within two hours, though it can take longer during busier times like the holidays. 

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email (usually within four hours of order) before you go to the store to pick up your item, or in some locations, have an employee bring your order directly to your car. 

What you need at the store: A photo ID and the credit card used at checkout.

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: Contact the store directly to update the pickup information for the new person. 

How long your order will be held at the store: Seven days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment.

Shop online and pick up in store at Nordstrom
 

Macy’s
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Pickup options: Select the “Free pickup today” box in the search results page, then choose the pickup option at checkout. If you order by 12 p.m. local time, the items should be ready for pickup later that day. 

What to do after you place your order: Wait until you receive a pickup notification email before you go to the designated location at the store to pick up your item.

What you need at the store: A photo ID and a copy of the notification email. 

If you’d like someone else to pick up the order: Forward the notification email to them to take to the store along with their photo ID.

How long your order will be held at the store: Seven days. If your order isn’t picked up after this time period, your order will be canceled and you’ll be refunded your payment.

Shop online and pick up in store at Macy’s
 

 

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