LIMA – Lima residents now have the option of having their groceries delivered to their home, rather than driving to the store.
Online grocery delivery service Instacart will begin serving the Lima area Thursday, the company announced. The service will be available in Lima, Shawnee Township, Spencerville, Delphos, Elida, Gomer, Rimer, Vaughnsville, Columbus Grove, Rockport and Cairo.
Meijer, Sam’s Club and CVS Pharmacy are already slated to participate in Instacart’s Lima expansion, the company confirmed.
How does it work?
Customers place their order online via Instacart’s website (www.Instacart.com) or mobile app and then specify when they’d like their order delivered. Once an order is placed, shoppers who have registered with Instacart will do the shopping and deliver the order to the customer’s home. Orders may be delivered same-day in as little as one hour, although customers may elect to place advance orders, according to the company’s press release.
There are some fees associated with the service, like a $3.99 delivery fee on orders of $35 or more, and while prices are set by the retailer, some prices may be higher through Instacart than those found in-store.
The service does offer monthly and annual memberships to reduce fees, which range from $9.99 per month to $99 per year.
The Lima expansion is the result of an “overwhelming” number of requests for Instacart service in the area, the company said.
“Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Lima area,” Instacart General Manager Scott Holloway said. “We work with a variety of local retailers to provide the freshest, highest quality groceries to our customers. Launching in Lima gives us an opportunity to expand service in Ohio.”
Working for Instacart is similar to working for other app-based services like Uber or Lyft, which rely on independent contractors who are notified of potential work in their area. Instacart plans to bring on at least 100 shoppers in the area to assist with the Lima expansion.
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