SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, announced today that it has expanded into Columbia to serve over 222K households. The Company has set a goal of launching over 100 new markets in 2017, and driven by official partnerships with the best retailers across America, Instacart plans to serve 80% of American households by 2018.
"Over the past year we've seen incredible demand in the Columbia area," said Nick Friedrich, Instacart General Manager. "We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers. Expansion into Columbia gives us an opportunity to expand service in the South Carolina market. We're also excited to build a world class shopper community, offering fun and flexible jobs for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community."
Columbia residents in 21 zip codes can now order from their favorite retailers like Publix, Whole Foods Market, Costco and Petco and have their groceries delivered straight to their doorsteps, often in as little as one hour. Instacart is excited to expand into the region and offer delivery in Columbia after receiving an overwhelming volume of requests for their unique on-demand grocery delivery service. New areas of service include Columbia, Forest Acres, West Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Elgin and Blythewood. Instacart's launch will also bring new jobs to the area with plans to bring on more than 100 new shoppers.
Americans spend an average of 71 minutes on each grocery trip -- that's 1.5 million years spent, annually, on grocery shopping. These rapid expansion plans focus on giving more customers something truly valuable: time. Instacart enables customers to spend their time on things that really matter to them by giving back the time they would have spent grocery shopping each week.
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to create their shopping lists from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items on their list and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 50 markets nationwide and partnered with retailers across the United States, including popular national chains (Whole Foods Market, Costco, Petco) as well as local, regional grocers such as Schnucks. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today's on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.
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