In December I wrote a brief post about Instacart – a Northern Californian grocery delivery service – that recently expanded into Boston. At the time Instacart was only servicing orders from Shaws, but they have recently added Whole Foods to what appears to be a growing list of vendors they plan to support in the Boston market.
Get $10 off and no delivery fee when you use promo code: BOSGUY
Instacart was nice enough to offer a $35 trial coupon that waived my delivery fees (orders < $35 are subject to a $3.99 delivery fee) so I placed my first of what I think could be many future online orders. The user interface is similar to other services, allowing you to search for specific items, browse by popular items or aisles. Instacart also allows you to purchase alcohol if sold at a grocery store. Something else I really liked about Instacart’s service was the ability to choose replacements for out of stock items and how I could automatically add the tip for the personal shopper who brings me my groceries.
I’ve included a screenshot of my check out process that shows you the flexibility you have in determining delivery times. Unlike some other online gorcery services in this market, the delivery fee from Instacart is several dollars less and the one hour window is more accommodating.
My first experience with the delivery service proved to be as satisfying. I had selected a 3-4PM delivery window and received a couple of texts that kept me up to date on the progress of my order. A polite personal shopper arrived on time at 3:45PM. Although some of the substitutes weren’t what I had expected; overall I was happy with the choices. Following the delivery I was given the option to rate my shopper, adjust my tip and leave any comments.
While I do genuinely enjoy grocery shopping, there are many times when I don’t have the time or the weather makes me think twice about stepping foot outside. For those moments and more, I think I’ll probably lean heavily on this new grocery delivery service.
WHAT A BARGAIN: Instacart is offering a $10 off and free delivery through the end of January. Use the discount code: BOSGUY.
Note that Instacart has also recently expanded their service to include: 02135 – Brighton, 02130 – JP, 02125 – North Dorchester, 02120 – Mission Hill, 02119 – Roxbury, 02445 / 02446 – Brookline, 02163 – Soldier’s Field & Lower Allston, 02140/02144 – Davis Square.
Check their website if you are unsure if they service your area.