Houston, Instacart Is At Your Service (+ free month of deliveries)!

Today we’ve announced that we’ve launched Houston’s first one-hour grocery delivery service!

Starting today, Instacart customers in Houston can order groceries from both Whole Foods Market and H-E-B. Additional stores will be added in the coming weeks, and customers can combine items from multiple stores into one order.

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Houston is our 14th city, we will initially serve the areas of downtown Houston and inside the loop, west of downtown, including the neighborhoods of Montrose, The Heights, River Oaks, West U, Rice Military, Memorial Park, The Galleria, Bellaire, Briargrove, Memorial Villages, Midtown, Washington Ave, Upper Kirby and the Museum District. A map of our coverage areas can be found at www.instacart.com/locations.

Houston customers who order on August 27 will receive a free month of deliveries.

“Houston is a city whose population is exploding with growth faster than any other major city outside of NYC,” said Houston City Launcher Matt O’Connor. “The proportion of young professionals who work long hours is very high in Houston and we expect the convenience of Instacart for grocery delivery to resonate with them. We had an overwhelming amount of requests from Houston to bring our service here and are excited to make this a reality. Launching in August is perfect timing as we hope to save Houstonians from lugging groceries home in the dog days of summer.”

Instacart Launches in Portland with a Free Month of Deliveries!

Instacart has arrived in the Rose City! We are so excited to be Portland’s first one-hour grocery delivery service.

Beginning today, customers in Portland can order groceries from Whole Foods Market, Costco, and Uwajimaya Asian Market stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour. Customers do not need to be a Costco member to order from Costco on Instacart. Additional local stores will be added in the coming weeks, and customers can combine items from multiple stores into one order.

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To start, we will serve the areas of Portland Proper plus Beaverton. Specific neighborhoods include: Pearl District, Downtown, Goose Hollow, Alberta, Mississippi, Hollywood, Belmont, Hawthorne, Laurelhurst, Overlook, Aloha, and Beaverton. A map of the coverage area can be found here: www.instacart.com/locations

“Portland is a young, vibrant city with a tech savvy culture,” said Portland City Launcher Bill Babeaux. “Portland also had the highest number of user requests per capita of major U.S. cities currently not served by Instacart, so we knew people wanted the service here. We’re excited to bring the city its first one-hour grocery delivery service and help residents enjoy the beautiful summer weather instead of waiting in line at the grocery store.”

Customers who order on launch day will receive a free month of deliveries via Instacart Express.

 

 

Labor Day Meal Planning and Inspiration

According to the Department of Labor, “Labor Day is always the first Monday in September and is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Thank you to all the very hard workers in our community, we value and appreciate all that you do!

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To enjoy the three-day weekend, we’ve collected a few lists of our favorite weekend escape treats! Whether you are spending the weekend picnicking, road tripping, camping, relaxing at home or hanging on the beach, we’ve got you covered. Please note that some grocery stores will be closed during the holiday weekend, so be sure to plan accordingly and order now!

Instacart Accepts The ALS Challenge

Virool  and Webs nominated Instacart to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

Naturally, we accepted this challenge (with a twist) and donated to help support a cause we believe in. Next up, we nominate our friends at Stripe, Coinbase and Box to take the ALS #IceBucket Challenge and to donate to the ALS Association. YOU can donate now by clicking on this here!

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Now Delivering to Chicago’s Hyde Park; And Tony’s Fresh Market Delivery

Helloooooo Hyde Park! Today we are adding Hyde Park to our delivery area in Chicago, and we’ve also begun delivering from Tony’s Fresh Market to various neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Customers in Hyde Park will be able to order groceries from Jewel-Osco and Open Produce initially, with more choices of stores to come.

With the addition of Tony’s Fresh Market, we are now delivering from a total of eight stores in Chicago Plum Market, Costco, Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Tony’s Fresh Market, Open Produce, Stanley’s and Whole Foods Market.

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We first launched in Chicago almost a year ago. Since then, we’ve continued to experience steady growth, bringing on as many as 15-20 additional Personal Shoppers per week to keep up with the strong demand. For a full map of the Instacart Chicago coverage area, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations/chicago.

“With the addition of Tony’s Fresh Market, we’re excited that our customers now have an even to wider selection of stores to order from in the city of Chicago,” said Instacart Chicago City Manager Scott Holloway. “We’ve also received thousands of customer requests for Hyde Park, so we’re looking forward to finally begin servicing the area, including the University of Chicago community. We plan to add more new stores in Hyde Park in the coming weeks.”

“Although we have a loyal customer base, we understand that not everyone can make it into the store whenever they’d like,” said Dominick LaSpisa, director at Tony’s Fresh Market. “With Instacart, customers no longer have to wait. All they have to do is go online and order.”

Added Steven Lucy, owner of Open Produce, “We’d been looking at incorporating a delivery service for a while now, but as a small store, it’s difficult to manage the logistics and staffing necessary to provide short-notice deliveries. Instacart eliminates those issues and makes it easy. It enables our customers to continue to shop at independent neighborhood stores like ours that they’ve come to know and love, with the added convenience of delivery.”

We’ve Partnered with Falletti Foods for Delivery in San Francisco

We are excited to welcome the popular family-owned store Falletti Foods into our Instacart family! We are now the store’s exclusive delivery service in San Francisco. Located at 308 Broderick Street, Falletti Foods is known for its fresh local items including meat and seafood, cheese, and wine and beer. Falletti Foods is Instacart’s seventh store in San Francisco.

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Our San Francisco City Manager Michelle Suwannukul shares that hundreds of customers had requested Falletti Foods delivery. “Falletti Foods is an institution in San Francisco – it’s one of the longest-standing local grocers, with a huge following,” said Suwannukul.

Falletti Foods Vice President, Jamie Falletti, said that the store decided to partner with us after many customers inquired about delivery. “Our focus is on procuring the finest foods, wines and beers for our customers – we didn’t want to get distracted with delivery logistics,” said Jamie. “By partnering with Instacart, we can provide customers with immediate access to a high-quality service and maintain our focus on what we do best.”

For a full map of Instacart’s Bay Area coverage, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations.

 

 

 

How Are You Spending Your Free Time Instead of Grocery Shopping?

We know your time is precious. Instead of braving the heat/humidity/traffic to get to the grocery store, Instacart makes it easy for you to get your groceries from your favorite local stores and let our shoppers do all the work for you.

So, we can’t help but wonder…how do you spend your free time instead of grocery shopping?

Beginning today, 7/30 post a photo on social media that best represents what you are doing with your time (instead of spending your time grocery shopping) and tag it with the hashtag: #Instacarting

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We will select four lucky winners who will win an Instacart Express membership (regularly priced at $99/year). 

We can’t wait to see photos of how you are spending your additional free time, we’ll be sharing our favorites too! Follow along and see if you get featured on our Storify story!

All entries must be received by August 15, 2014, no limit on entries. Please note that private users’ images, even when hashtagged, are hidden from the public. 

We’ve Partnered With Bi-Rite Market for Delivery in San Francisco

We are absolutely thrilled to share that we’ve partnered with Bi-Rite Market to provide grocery delivery services in San Francisco! Bi-Rite is Instacart’s sixth store in San Francisco.

Bi-Rite Market is a leading neighborhood market that has been serving San Franciscans for nearly 75 years, and we’ve had many requests to add Bi-Rite to the Instacart marketplace. We look forward to working with Bi-Rite Market to expand its reach and add this convenient service for Bi-Rite’s customers.

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“Bi-Rite is committed to great service, so when our guests asked for delivery options, we listened. We’re excited to work with Instacart to provide our guests with a new, convenient way to access the food they love,” said Bi-Rite Market Founder and second-generation owner, Sam Mogannam. “We work with only the best local, sustainable, and organic farmers, ranchers and producers to source our food, and our team of in-house chefs creates a vibrant, seasonally-driven menu of prepared foods. Ordering from Bi-Rite through Instacart will be like having all the benefits of the farmer’s market, a wine shop, and a restaurant delivered right to your door—with Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream for dessert.”

The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses includes two San Francisco-based neighborhood Bi-Rite Markets, the world-renowned Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop, Bi-Rite Catering, and 18 Reasons, a non-profit community and education partner. The family-owned and operated businesses specializes in local, organic, artisanal, and sustainably-produced products, including farm-direct produce, ethically-raised and harvested meats, sustainably-caught fish and seafood, gourmet groceries, traditionally-crafted and farmstead cheeses, an international selection of small-batch wines from family vineyards, and a full line of house-made prepared foods.

 

We’ve Added Fairway Market to NYC and Added Queens to Our Grocery Delivery!

Today, we are offering delivery service for local favorite Fairway Market. A leading food retailing destination in the Greater New York City metropolitan area, Fairway stores emphasize an extensive selection of fresh, natural and organic products, prepared foods and hard-to-find specialty and gourmet offerings, along with a full assortment of conventional groceries.  We will deliver from select Fairway locations in Manhattan to start, and Instacart prices will be the same as Fairway’s in-store prices.

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Our partnership with Fairway gives you access not only to the market’s most popular items, but also to its full selection of fresh foods for home delivery in as little as an hour.

In addition, we have expanded its NYC delivery service to Queens! Now we deliver to Manhattan below 110th Street, Brooklyn, as well as the Queens neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, and Woodside.  For a full map of Instacart’s New York City delivery area, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations.

Customers in these new delivery areas in Queens can order from Costco and Key Foods and can combine items from both stores into one order.  Customers do not need to be Costco members to order from Costco on Instacart.

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Now Delivering from Asian Market Uwajimaya in Seattle and East Seattle

Today, we’ve partnered with Uwajimaya and are now Uwajimaya’s exclusive delivery service in Seattle and East Seattle. Uwajimaya, a local favorite known for its Asian specialty foods and fresh seafood and produce selections, is our fourth store in Seattle. Customers can now order virtually any items carried in their neighborhood Uwajimaya, Whole Foods Market, QFC and Costco stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour.

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Instacart serves nearly every neighborhood in Seattle and the Eastside. For full coverage maps, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations/seattle and https://www.instacart.com/locations/east-seattle.

“Uwajimaya has a strong following in Seattle, but not every part of the city has convenient access to one of our stores,” said Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno, CEO at Uwajimaya. “By partnering with Instacart we not only expand our reach throughout the city and Eastside, but also provide a convenience factor that our customers have been asking for.”

Instacart had seen strong demand for Uwajimaya delivery, said Instacart Seattle City Manager Stephen Klein. “We track customer requests carefully, and Uwajimaya rose to the top of our list in recent weeks,” said Klein. “When we approached store management, they were completely receptive to the idea. We’re excited to add this new service in Seattle and East Seattle.”

We are thrilled about this recent launch and can’t wait to start imagining the delicious Asian inspired dishes we will create!