By Erica Greenfield
We’ve all had those moments where we realized we ran out of milk or missing key ingredients for dinner, but the idea of running out to the grocery store was too daunting. With our busy schedules, it can sometimes be difficult to find adequate time to run to Publix or Whole Foods. Well, ladies and gents, I’d like to introduce your new best friend: Instacart.
This popular online grocery delivery service officially expanded to Miami on May 19. The fast-growing company allows Miami residents in certain neighborhoods to sign up through their Web site or mobile app and order food and products from participating retailers, which include Whole Foods, Costco, Petco, Winn-Dixie and BJ’s Whole Sale Club. The best part is that memberships to certain retailers are not required. We’re sorry to say Publix is not on the list just yet, but fingers crossed!
Instacart originated in San Francisco and has expanded to multiple cities including Boston, Seattle and Atlanta. Miami is now it’s 16th operating city. The service is available in most Miami Metro areas, including Downtown, Wynwood, Coral Gables, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Key Biscayne, West Miami, Little Havana, The Roads and Little Haiti.
So, how does it work? After creating an account, customers can log in and after plugging in their zip code they can choose a store and create a personalized shopping list. After proceeding to checkout and inputting their address, a personal shopper will deliver groceries right to your front door. It’s that simple! With Instacart in Miami, the first delivery is free on orders over $10. After that, the company charges $5.99 to deliver within the hour and $3.99 to deliver within 2 hours for orders $35 or more.
The app is already getting rave reviews from Miami residents. To find out if your neighborhood is included visit Instacart.com/locations/Miami. Happy shopping!