Another delivery service debuts in Dallas on August 1, this one focused on groceries and alcohol. Called Instacart, it deploys personal shoppers to pick up and deliver items from stores such as Whole Foods Market, Central Market, Petco, Spec's, Total Wine & More, Kroger, and Tom Thumb.
If you live in the right ZIP code, you can get an order delivered in as little as one hour. Instacart's initial delivery area consists of eight Dallas neighborhoods, in 10 ZIPs: 75201, 75202, 75204, 75205, 75206, 75209, 75214, 75219, 75225, and 75231.
In other words, it serves residents in Uptown, Highland Park, Lakewood, Bluffview, Northeast Dallas, Turtle Creek, University Park, and Vickery Meadow. Boy, those are the sweet spots for all these delivery services.
Customers go to Instacart.com or open the mobile app on their iPhone or Android, select their ZIP code and store, and add items to a virtual cart. They choose a delivery window — such as "within one hour," "within two hours," or up to seven days in the future — and check out.
An Instacart personal shopper accepts the order on his or her smartphone, uses the Instacart Shopper app to guide them through the store, then delivers the order to the customer.
Actual in-store prices at the time a purchase is made, including those for weighted items, may differ from those available through the Instacart platform.
Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart now serves 25 U.S. metropolitan areas and has partnered with dozens of retailers, from national chains like Whole Foods Market and Costco to regional grocers like H-E-B. Dallas is the fourth city in Texas for Instacart. Austin and Houston have been online since 2014; San Antonio was tested in 2014 and added in May 2016.
Google began offering a similar kind of delivery service in Dallas in June, from stores that include Barnes & Noble, Costco, PetSmart, Walgreens, and Whole Foods Market, but that service is overnight.