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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Grocery delivery service Instacart to launch in New Orleans March 8

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 2:50 PM

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Our eternal trudge toward app-based dystopia continues with the arrival of Instacart, a grocery delivery service, in New Orleans and its suburbs March 8.

Instacart — good for people whose personal hell is a Costco parking lot, or those who just really, really hate exchanging checkout-line pleasantries — is a service in which one can order groceries through an app, to be delivered within a certain time frame (there are 1-hour, 2-hour and five-day delivery options). People in the New Orleans area will be able to summon groceries from local retailers including Rouses Market, Costco and Petco.

The service is fee-based — orders under $35 have a $9.99 delivery fee tacked on. Over $35, the fee is $5.99, and there's an annual subscription that includes unlimited deliveries.

Instacart also will look for 100 "shoppers" in the region, who collect and deliver groceries. Here's a HuffPost article with a few accounts of what it's like to work for them. (Like being on Supermarket Sweep, one worker said.)

More information is available on the service's website.

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