New "Instacart" delivery service starting next week in Harrisburg and CarlisleCompany plans to have 100 shoppers/delivery people on board; service starts Tuesday
A new retail delivery service has announced plans to launch its business in the Harrisburg and Carlisle area, and possibly reach an area covering 175,000-plus households, starting this Tuesday.
Instacart said it will begin offering delivery of groceries and everyday items in as little as one hour to 25 regional zip codes, and said it will offer some 100 local jobs to delivery people.
Customers can use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from local stores, and Instacart then connects them with the "shoppers" – independent contractors who often can work many hours if they choose during a week, Instacart officials said. The shoppers then hand-pick the items and deliver them straight to the customers' door.
Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has grown to over 115 markets nationwide, and is expanding across Pennsylvania, its Pennsylvania operations manager George Shotz said Thursday.
The company believes it offers the right level of convenience for customers and also the familiarity of delivering items from local stores, said Shotz, who's based in Philadelphia and oversees Pennsylvania operations.
On Tuesday, the same day it opens in Harrisburg/Carlisle, it also will open in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region, he said.
The company has filled some of the 100 positions here, he added, "but we're looking for more, and as we grow, we're going to continue to be looking for more shoppers in that area. It can add up to a pretty good income for them, depending on how many hours they want to work."
Instacart officials said they have partnered with popular national retailers like Whole Foods, Costco and Petco as well as such regional grocers like Publix and Wegmans.
"Instacart received an overwhelming volume of requests for expansion into this region," spokeswoman Kristen Marion said about the Harrisburg-Carlisle area.
Customers go online to Instacart's website or open its mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or up to seven days in advance) and check out.
An Instacart shopper accepts the order on his or her smartphone, uses the Instacart shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery time.
For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is $5.99. Instacart Express membership enables unlimited, free one-hour delivery on orders of $35 or more. Instacart Express membership is $14.99 a month and $149 a year after a free trial period, company officials said.
To apply to be a shopper, open an account, receive free first-time delivery and other discounts, or to learn more about Instacart, visit its webpage.
At a glance:
Service areas include:
Harrisburg, New Cumberland, Lower Allen, New Market, Fair Acres, West Hill, Middletown, Enola, Summerdale, Penbrook, Progress, Highspire, Wormleysburg, Skyline View, Dauphin, Colonial Park, Hershey, Rockville, Carlisle, Carlisle Barracks, Middlesex, Mechanicsburg and New Kingston, she said.
The 24 zip codes it will serve are:
17070, 17015, 17057, 17025, 17102, 17101, 17104, 17103, 17034, 17043, 17113, 17112, 17111, 17011, 17013, 17110, 17050, 17055, 17036, 17109, 17089, 17001, 17012 and 17093.