Shipping & Returns
If a shipping address needs to be changed once an order has been processed, carriers will charge a consignment fee to update the shipping address.
If an address change is requested, we will contact you via email regarding the amount of the carrier's fee. If we do not receive confirmation regarding the fee and address change, we will leave the address as it was originally entered during the checkout process.
Please note that if the courier attempts delivery to the original address and they are unable to deliver, redelivery fees may apply in addition to any re-consignment fees.
Call Before Delivery
By requesting a FREE "Call Before Delivery," the carrier will contact you approximately 24 hours before the estimated arrival of your order to schedule a delivery appointment using the phone number provided at checkout. Selecting this option may add an additional day to your order’s transit time and is only applicable to the item(s) in your order shipping via common carrier. A 4-hour delivery window is typical; this may vary by carrier and shipping destination.
A "Call Before Delivery" is required for residential deliveries and recommended for businesses with irregular hours (deliveries occur Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. "Call Before Delivery" only applies to the item(s) in your order shipping via common carrier.
If the carrier misses the delivery appointment, they will reschedule it. If you are unavailable to accept your delivery during the scheduled appointment, you will be responsible for any redelivery fees owed to the carrier. Additional fees will apply if you require a time-specific delivery in which the typical 4-hour window needs to be shortened or if you cannot accept delivery within a reasonable date of the carrier’s first contact request.
If a delivery is unable to be completed because a "Call Before Delivery" was not selected during checkout, the carrier may charge a redelivery fee in order to reattempt delivery. In these situations, we will contact you via email regarding the fee and charge the card on file if necessary in order to avoid additional fees with the carrier.
Orders shipped into Canada may incur additional duties, taxes, and other fees to cross the border. These charges will be billed to you directly from the carrier and will not be reflected in our shipping costs at checkout.
Orders shipped via common carrier require a broker to facilitate the import of your items into Canada. If you did not provide your broker’s information during checkout, we will contact you to obtain this before processing your order.
We aim to ship orders to Canada in one shipment, but it is not always possible due to stock levels in our warehouses. If we cannot ship your order in one complete shipment, you will be responsible for any additional brokerage fees.
CARM: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management Project
The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) project aims to modernize and simplify the collection of duties and taxes for commercial goods imported into Canada. Once implemented, it will provide a modern interface for importing into Canada, give importers self-service access to their information, reduce the cost of importing into Canada, and improve the consistency of compliance with trade rules.
To learn more about CARM, who it affects, and its release date, view the section What is CARM and how will it affect me? on our FAQ page.
Commercial and Residential Shipping Addresses
Commercial carriers will deliver the vast majority of our products to a residential shipping address. If you don’t have an account set up and you operate a business out of your home, you must select "residential" in your shopping cart because the carriers still consider your address residential. If you create an account, our system will automatically select “residential” for your address in this situation.
Commercial Limited Access Addresses
Additional fees may apply if you are shipping to a limited access location, such as a university, prison, military base, or country club.
Damaged/Missing/Lost Items - Common Carrier
If any item or packaging is damaged or missing, or if you have any doubt about possible damage, you MUST do the following:
Note it clearly on the delivery receipt before signing
Keep your copy of the delivery receipt
Contact us within 1 business day
Keep the damaged packing materials for inspection
Take pictures of the damaged items and packaging
Though our warehouses give great attention to packaging every order for shipment, damage can occur in transit. In the case of damage we must go to the carrier company to receive reimbursement for these damages. By signing the delivery receipt you are taking responsibility and ownership for the shipment in the condition noted. If part or all of your shipment is damaged and you did not note this in any way on the delivery receipt, we CANNOT guarantee any compensation for damages. Signing the delivery receipt without noting any damage means that you have received your shipment in acceptable condition.
There are rare occasions where our freight carriers may lose a shipment. In these situations, it’s our highest priority to find your items and we will work with the carrier to do so. Dock checks with the carrier take approximately 3-5 business days to complete. If your shipment is found, we will continue the delivery to your location. If it is deemed lost, we will work with you to provide a satisfactory resolution.
For more information, watch this informative video about Common Carrier Shipments.
Damaged/Missing/Lost items - Ground
Upon receiving your order, please inspect it for any damaged, lost, or missing items. If any part of your order is missing or damaged, please keep the items and packaging and contact us within 5 business days of receipt so we can find a solution for you. We may request pictures of the damage to help with this process.
There are rare occasions where our carriers may lose a shipment. In these situations, it’s our highest priority to find your items and we will work with the carrier to do so. Traces with ground carriers take approximately 1-3 business days to complete. If your shipment is found, we will continue the delivery to your location. If it is deemed lost, we will work with you to provide a satisfactory resolution.
Due to the strict time-frame we have to deliver refrigerated and frozen food items to you in acceptable condition, if an item is damaged or missing, please contact us within 1 business day of your shipment’s original ETA so we can find a solution for you. We may request pictures of the damage and for you to take a picture of the temperature of the item to help with the process.
You are responsible for checking the internal temperatures of refrigerated and frozen products immediately upon delivery to ensure they are received at food-safe temperatures according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) guidelines. Please contact us within 1 business day of your shipment’s original ETA if you have any concerns about the temperature or conditions of your shipment. Once the shipment is received you are responsible for storing or handling the items properly to maintain food safety.
Our warehouses strive to have orders processed and ready to ship within 1-5 business days. Most products ship from one of our warehouses within the U.S. However, since some items will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, delivery times may vary. Common carrier deliveries typically range from 1 to 10 business days for delivery, depending on your proximity to the shipping location. Ground shipping can typically take anywhere from 3 to 12 business days. If your delivery time is over a holiday, please add an additional day for delivery. Our warehouses observe the following holidays: Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Shipping companies may observe additional holidays. All standard ground delivery times and common carrier shipments are estimates and are not guaranteed.
If you need your order more quickly, you may select Second Day or Next Day in your shopping cart (availability dependent on your location). These options guarantee that, as long as the items you’re ordering are in stock, the order will be prioritized in our system and arrive by the end of the following business day (Next Day), or the end of the second business day (Second Day). These options are not available for common carrier orders however, some shipping companies offer a dock pick up as an option but is not guaranteed. If it is an option to pick up at the shipping company's dock, please note that the shipping cost remains the same and there is no discounted shipping when a dock pick-up occurs. Inclement weather may cause shipping delays that are not covered by this guarantee.
Return & Exchange Policy
A restocking fee will be deducted from your return credit to cover the cost of processing the items back into stock. This fee is 20% of the item(s)' cost for items delivered to commercial locations and 30% for residential locations.
Returns for Commercial and Residential Customers
With a few exceptions, regularly stocked products can be returned within 30 days of receipt as long as the product is unused, undamaged, and in its original packaging. We are unable to accept returns for consumable products and customizable products. Similarly, not all Special Order products or products shipped directly from the manufacturer (“Drop Ship Products”) can be returned.
Except for original payments made by wire, check, ACH, or through a leasing agreement (each an “Alternative Payment Method”), a return credit will be issued to the original payment method upon receipt and inspection of all the returned Products. If your payment was made using an Alternative Payment Method, your refund will be in the form of store credit. You will also receive a refund in the form of a store credit if we are unable to process a return to your original payment method (for example, if your credit or debit card has been closed). Regardless of the form of refund you receive, shipping charges paid at the time of checkout will not be credited along with the return. Also, an applicable restocking fee will be deducted from the amount due to cover the cost of processing the items back into stock. This fee is 20% of the item(s) cost for orders delivered to commercial locations and 30% for orders delivered to residential locations. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping. This includes any brokerage fees, duties, and taxes for international returns.
Any return requests for Special Order or Drop Ship Products must be issued by our Customer Solutions Specialists. Click here to learn how to create a return.
Returns for Consumable Products
We are unable to accept returned consumable products. This allows us to ensure the products are good to use, untampered with, and have an adequate shelf life.