Instacart just announced that its new grocery pickup service will launch in cities across the United States. The new pickup option works alongside Instacart’s delivery service, which supports many of the same supermarkets.
Any viable grocery delivery / pickup service needs a wide variety of retailers to source from. Instacart has different buying options that include both pickup and delivery to keep customers interested and to stay competitive against the likes of Amazon’s grocery stores, Prime Fresh, or even DoorDash.
Instacart’s grocery pickup service is working with more than 200 retailers, including a number of recognizable outlets like Wegmans, Aldi, Cub Foods, Food Lion, Price Chopper, Publix, Schnucks, Smart & Final, Sprouts, and Tops Friendly Markets.
Participating stores are located in major cities like Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Nashville, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Once you download the app, you can search and buy your desired goods, select the Instacart Pickup option, and then pick them up.
If you’re not keen on picking up groceries yourself (and you don’t mind spending more money), Instacart’s delivery service is more accessible, spanning “more than 70 percent of US households,” with over 300 retailers in all 50 states. Pricing for the delivery service is pretty straightforward: service is free for Instacart’s Express members, while non-members will incur a cost relative to their location, time of day, or retail partner.