Last month, on-the-spot online grocery delivery service Instacart launched in Philadelphia. Now, true to its name, Instacart has seemingly instantly expanded to deliver from Whole Foods, Super Fresh and — as of this week — BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Instacart Philadelphia will deliver just about any grocery item from any of these stores — with more to come — right to your home or to a hotel for the pretty darn affordable price of a $10 minimum and $3.99 delivery charge.
And, good news, shoppers do not need to have a BJ’s membership to order from the wholesale club.
Already a success in such cities as San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia service uses online ordering and so-called “personal shoppers” to pick up and deliver groceries in as little turnaround time as an hour.
To use Instacart, create a free online account, then order online. After meeting the $10 minimum — you’ll note that items aren’t priced identically to what’s on store shelves, and some are priced higher — there’s a choice for a two-hour delivery for $3.99, or a one-hour delivery for $14.99.
By comparison, a bike delivery directly from Whole Foods South Street is only available via email or phone call, and comes with a minimum order requirement of $30 after tax.
With a recent expansion of service areas, Instacart now delivers to much of Center City, South Philadelphia, Northwest Philadelphia, and now to the Main Line, too, including Gladwyne, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Havertown and parts of Upper Darby.
For a map of Instacart’s Philadelphia service area, check right here.
Update: Uwishunu readers interested in checking out the service can take advantage of a $10 off and free delivery on their first order by using code “UWISHUNU10” at checkout. Note that just the first 200 users to sign up can score the discount.
Where: Throughout Philadelphia
Cost: $10 minimum order; $3.99 delivery charge
More info: www.instacart.com