(CBS Seattle) — San Francisco’s online grocery delivery service, Instacart, is opening up shop (so to speak) in Seattle Thursday, according to the Seattle PI.
Grocery delivery is currently available in Seattle through Amazon and, in some areas, larger chains like Safeway. Instacart’s services, though, allow customers to shop for groceries online and have their goods delivered within two hours. The one- to two-hour time limit will be the fastest delivery option available.
According to the Seattle PI, Instacart uses “personal shoppers” to pick up and deliver groceries to customers, rather than having items shipped from a warehouse.
A faster delivery will cost you more, however. While the two-hour delivery is an additional $3.00, the one-hour delivery will be an additional $14.99, on top of a $10 minimum order. The groceries are also priced by company itself, meaning shoppers may spend a bit more for certain items.
Groceries will be brought to customers from QFC and Costco. Delivery from Costco will not have a one-hour option and will have require higher minimum order.
There is no fee to sign up for the site, but users can dodge a delivery charge by signing up for a membership.
The Instacart Express membership charges users $99 annually. For that price, shoppers do not pay delivery charges on 2-hour and scheduled deliveries of $35 or more.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)