It’s 5 p.m., you’ve had a crazy day and you’re starving. But the last thing you want to deal with is fighting for a parking spot at Whole Foods.
Relax. Instacart is about to save the day.
Here’s how the site (and app) works: Choose from among stores like Whole Foods, Ralphs and Costco and add products to your virtual shopping cart. Sounds like AmazonFresh, right? Wrong. With Instacart, a personal shopper handpicks and delivers your order within the hour.
So let’s say you’re about to leave the office. You can pull up the app and in minutes order all the necessities for dinner (for, say, crunchy salad with peanut dressing). By the time you get home, the groceries will be on your doorstep. For two-hour delivery of orders $35 and over, the fee is $4; for delivery in under an hour, the fee is $15.
When we tested it out, we loved how the personal shopper kept us updated the entire time. She sent texts to approve out-of-stock-ingredient substitutions as well as to let us know her ETA--which wound up being 50 minutes after we clicked “send.”
Thanks, Instacart, for delivering an easy evening, no rush-hour traffic required.