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

natgamebeachScreen Shot 2014-02-25 at 2.31.04 PM

We will select five 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!

All entries must be received by August 31, 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.

birite-promo-email

 

“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.

Copy of FREE (2)

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.

Copy of Queens referral email

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

uwa-insta-socialmedia

 

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!

Instacart Expands to Montgomery County, Doubling Philadelphia Service Area Once Again!

Today that we’ve once again doubled our Philadelphia-area service area by adding Montgomery County! New neighborhoods and towns that are part of the expansion include: Wayne, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Norristown, Blue Bell, Audubon, Trappe, Phoenixville, Lansdale, North Wale, Ambler, Devon, Chester County, Paoli, Bridgeport, Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Malvern. For complete maps of Instacart’s delivery areas, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations.

10423765_748385568551285_5530822265824008433_n

We’re offering one month of free delivery to new Montgomery County customers who place orders today; they can open accounts at www.Instacart.com.  In Montgomery County, we deliver from: Whole Foods Market, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, ACME Markets and Super Fresh.

In our Northeast Zone consisting of Northeast Philadelphia and the Northeast suburbs, we deliver from: Whole Foods Market, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fine Wine & Good Spirits and ACME Markets. In Philadelphia proper, we deliver from: Whole Foods Market, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, ACME Markets, Super Fresh and Green Aisle Grocery.

Instacart expands into the Southeast; Hello Atlanta!

We’ve launched in Atlanta, making us Atlanta’s first one-hour grocery delivery service! Beginning today, customers can order groceries from both Costco and Kroger stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour. As always, customers do not need to be a Costco member to order from Costco on Instacart. Additional stores will be added in the coming weeks, and customers can combine items from multiple stores into one order.

Atlanta is Instacart’s twelfth city, and expansion into the city will bring the service to all corners of the United States as Instacart expands into the Southeast for the very first time.

LaunchAtlanta2

BONUS: Instacart customers in Atlanta who order on launch day will also receive a free month of deliveries!

Instacart will initially be serving the neighborhoods Inside the Perimeter, north of I-20.  These include Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown, Decatur, Virginia-highland, Brookhaven, West Atlanta, Lenox, Old Fourth Ward.  The company will be expanding to areas Outside the Perimeter in the coming weeks. For a map of Instacart’s coverage in Atlanta check here.

We’ve Added Plum Market in Chicago!

We are so proud and excited to be the official delivery service for a local Chicago favorite, Plum Market! Located at 1233 N. Wells Street in Old Town, Plum Market is known for its natural, organic, local, and specialty items, as well as having the best selection, best service, and best wine prices in the state. This marks our sixth store offering in Chicago.

“Our new partnership with Instacart enables us to offer Plum Market shoppers a convenient and cost-effective home delivery option,” said Matt Jonna, President and Co-founder of Plum Market. “It will also help us widen our reach throughout the city, to grow our customer base.”

Plum_Market Website banner

Our Chicago City Manager Scott Holloway said that his team approached Plum Market after numerous requests from Chicago customers. “Plum Market is recognized locally as a great option for natural and organic foods, and we had many requests from existing Instacart customers to add them as a delivery option,” said Holloway. “Matt and his team were very receptive to the idea, and we’re excited to kick off this service.”

 

Instacart Launches Denver’s First One-Hour Grocery Delivery Service!

Beginning today, Denver customers can order virtually any items carried in their neighborhood King Soopers and Costco stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour! Additional stores will be added in the coming weeks, and customers can combine items from multiple stores into one order. Originally launched in San Francisco and since expanded into 10 other major cities including Denver, we’ve disrupted the traditional grocery delivery space with our crowdsourced labor force dubbed “Personal Shoppers” who shop for and deliver grocery orders providing their own transportation in as little as one hour.

We are very excited to give people in Denver access to Instacart’s initial coverage area includes nearly all of the Denver metropolitan area. For a full map of coverage, check out: https://www.instacart.com/locations/denver

Denver Promoted Tweet

 

Instacart Expands to the San Fernando Valley; and Adds Super King Markets

As of today, we are delivering from Super King Markets, a local chain of grocers known for high-quality international foods at excellent values. This is our fifth LA-area store; customers can now combine items from Super King Markets, Bristol Farms, Costco, Ralphs and Whole Foods Market into one order and have them delivered in as little as one hour.

In response to tremendous demand, we’re also expanding our delivery zone to include neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley: Studio City, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, and portions of Burbank.

Valley-Launch-Email-Banner-v2

“We’re thrilled that residents of downtown LA, the Valley, and beyond can now get Super King Markets’ unique assortment of products from around the world delivered right to their door,”said Daniel Barth, General Manager at Super King Markets. “That’s why we decided to partner with Instacart – to enhance service to our existing customers, and to introduce Instacart’s customers to Super King Markets’ unmatched international selection.”

Customers can open an account at  www.Instacart.com, and get free delivery on their first order of $35 or more. We also offer an Amazon Prime-like service called Instacart Express – an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more. The cost is just $99. Customers can sign up for a free two-week trial at www.instacart.com/express

Our Los Angeles coverage area now includes the following neighborhoods: Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Fairfax, Beverly Grove, Sawtelle, West LA, Mid-Wilshire, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Brentwood, Los Feliz, Mid City, Hancock Park, Culver City, Westchester, Atwater Village, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Valley Village, portions of Burbank, Toluca Lake, Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Beverly Hills. For a full map of coverage, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations.

Super King Markets will only be available to users in Instacart’s Downtown LA zone and the new Valley Zone. It is currently not available in Santa Monica, West LA/Culver City, or Hollywood/West Hollywood. Please note that not all stores available in all zip codes.

Austinites Can Now Shop From Whole Foods Market

Today we’ve added delivery from Whole Foods Market for Austinites! Customers can now combine items from Whole Foods Market, Royal Blue Grocery, H-E-B, Central Market and Costco and have everything delivered within an hour. As always, customers do not need to have a Costco membership to order from Costco!

City Investors, INC- Vulcan- 2200 Westlake

Our Austin City Launcher Stephanie Thomas explains that Whole Foods Market based on its popularity with customers. “Whole Foods Market has been a terrific store for our deliveries in other cities, and it has been a very popular request among our customers. Now our customers have choices from major chains with an enormous variety of fresh food, to local favorites for the Austin area. We’re excited to keep growing our offering for Austin and will add more stores and continue to expand the delivery area in the coming weeks.” Boom.

For a full map of coverage, visit https://www.instacart.com/locations/austin