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Instacart grocery delivery service coming to Pittsburgh area

Stephen Huba
| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
An Instacart personal shopper delivers groceries to a customer.
Courtesy of Instacart
An Instacart personal shopper delivers groceries to a customer.

San Francisco-based Instacart is bringing its online grocery delivery service to the Pittsburgh area starting Thursday.

Instacart is providing the service, whereby personal shoppers gather, pack and deliver orders of groceries, to customers of Shop ‘n Save, Aldi, Costco, Sam’s Club, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Sur La Table, CVS Pharmacy and other retailers.

The service plans to hire 100 personal shoppers who can fulfill same-day orders in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Beaver counties.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen incredible demand in the Pittsburgh area,” said Sam Donoghue, Instacart general manager. “Launching in Pittsburgh gives us an opportunity to expand service in Pennsylvania.”

“Our relationship with Instacart was a natural step for our independent owners to provide additional value and convenience to our local communities,” said Bill Lipsky, vice president for Shop ‘n Save Merchandising/East Region.

Customers can set up an account by going to www.Instacart.com or using the Instacart mobile app. They then select their city and store, add items to a virtual cart, choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or up to five 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 timeframe.

For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is $5.99. First-time users can enter the code “HEYPITTSBURGH” at checkout to get $20 off an order of $35 or more, plus a free first-time delivery.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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