Grocery delivery is on the tips of everyone’s tongues these days, with innovators like Instacart leading the pack. With several grocers recently partnering with the service, Costco is now yet another to join the list. In this collaboration, Costco and Instacart will launch same-day delivery in Canada. This program will be sourced from 76 warehouses following a successful two-month testing period in select Ontario facilities. This iconic team up will give Canadian shoppers access to Costco groceries in as little as two hours.
"With Instacart, we can bring even more benefits of a Costco membership to our valued members," said Pierre Riel, Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Costco Wholesale Canada. "Instacart delivery will help us serve more families than ever before, and we see this new offering as a great complement to our 2-Day Grocery Delivery service that launched in 2018."
Consumers in Canada can now shop from Costco's wide assortment of items including fresh produce on the Instacart marketplace with or without a Costco membership. According to a press release, the companies have also launched Costco's new Canadian member-only website, built and powered by Instacart Enterprise and featuring member benefits and access to same-day delivery via Instacart.
Customers gained access to shopping from Costco via Instacart this week on the app or website. From there, customers can select their city and Costco warehouse and can begin adding items to their Instacart grocery cart. An Instacart shopper will pick and deliver the order within the customer's designated time frame.
"Grocery delivery has become essential for millions, and we're proud to make same-day delivery from Costco available to even more Canadians. Now, through the Instacart marketplace and Costco's new member website, families across Canada can get the groceries and goods they need, delivered to their door in a matter of hours," said Andrew Nodes, Vice President of Retail, Instacart. "We want to help retailers reach their customers when, where, and how they want to shop. With this launch, we're extending the reach of Costco in Canada and making it possible for Costco members and non-members alike to access same-day delivery of Costco's broad selection of groceries and goods."
Instacart's national partnership with Costco in Canada comes on the heels of a successful nationwide partnership with Costco in the U.S. Instacart today partners with more than 400 beloved national, regional, and local retailers to offer delivery from over 30,000 stores in more than 5,500 cities across North America.
Instacart delivery is currently available to more than 70 percent of Canadian households. Instacart Enterprise services offer the only comprehensive e-commerce solutions designed specifically for grocery, and today power the turnkey and white-label e-commerce platforms for more than 140 retailers across North America.
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