BOISE, Idaho— Albertsons Companies, one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, today announced it will increase customer convenience through an agreement with Instacart, the technology driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, by offering same-day deliveries in as little as an hour.
When the platform is fully developed, Instacart customers will be able to choose from Albertsons Companies banner stores across key market areas, for a speedy, convenient option to receive their groceries, furthering Albertsons Companies’ mission to reinvent the way consumers discover, purchase, receive and experience food.
“Instacart’s extensive delivery network combined with Albertsons Companies existing home delivery services and established, robust e-commerce offering creates a fantastic customer proposition,” said Shane Sampson, Albertsons Companies Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. “Customers can shop how, when and where they choose, with the convenient option of quick delivery straight to their doorsteps.”
Under the agreement, Instacart’s delivery service is expected to be available in more than 1,800 of Albertsons Companies’ customers’ favorite stores across the country by mid-2018. The company’s commitment to meeting customers where and how they want to shop demonstrates an unparalleled pledge to innovation. This year, Albertsons Companies began rolling out same day delivery and Drive-up & Go, and acquired meal kit company Plated.
“Families across the nation trust and rely on Albertsons Companies’ stores for their fresh groceries and everyday essentials,” said Apoorva Mehta, Founder and CEO of Instacart. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with the company’s legendary brands from coast-to-coast to offer customers a new convenient, time-saving option for shopping at their neighborhood store.”
Albertsons Companies current home delivery network and digital programs will continue to serve its growing customer base in existing markets.
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.Instacart.com.
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