Service provides deliveries from several area retailers

A grocery delivery service has expanded to Williamsport to bring items to the doorsteps of people for same-day drop-off.

Instacart launched the service Dec. 6, delivering for Wegman’s, CVS and Petco.

The service covers 36,000 households in Williamsport and surrounding communities.

George Shotz, Instacart local operations manager, said 100 shoppers have been hired for the deliveries.

Orders by customers can be done through an APP or website.

Instacart is quickly expanding to bring its delivery service to more communities.

“We go where we see the need,” he said. “We launched there (Williamsport) because we saw requests from our customers.”

The trend, he added, is pointing to a desire for home deliveries of items and can be an especially convenient service for people who find it hard to leave their homes.

“You need a computer or smart phone,” Shotz said. “A lot of customers order for their older relatives.”

Costs for the service vary.

A single delivery of items totalling $35 or more is $5.99.

Customers can also opt for monthly or yearly membership plans.

“I have seen it expand all over the country,” Shotz said. “Even in smaller metro areas such as Williamsport.”

Dave Osborne, senior regional director, Instacart, said Williamsport service is opening up expansion into the entire Pennsylvania market.

“We’re also excited to build a world class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community,” he said.

Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart is now in 160 markets.

More information is at www.instacart.com.


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