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Grocery-to-Door Service Launches in DC

by Lark Turner

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Instacart, a service that aims to deliver groceries from the store to your door within an hour, launched in DC today.

The San Francisco-based site and app is starting with deliveries from Harris Teeter, and joins insta-apps like Washio that are reeling in big start-up money with hopes of revolutionizing life’s more tedious errands.

But, as DCist pointed out, grocery-lacking Wards 7 and 8 aren’t currently not in the site’s service area.

“This is only our initial launch coverage area,” the company’s head of expansion, Aditya Shah, told DCist. “We will expand into new neighborhoods in the weeks to come. We tend to look at requests from customers in specific zip codes when evaluating the expansion.”

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5 Comments

  1. BL Ford said at 3:58 pm on Tuesday February 11, 2014:

    It’s amazing how DC’s leadership continues to allow services to launch with Wards 7 and 8 omitted.

  1. DJ Foo said at 4:50 pm on Tuesday February 11, 2014:

    BL Ford:  I’m unamazed.  DC has no ability (nor should it have the ability) to tell a private delivery service where it must offer service.

  1. um said at 4:52 pm on Tuesday February 11, 2014:

    Um, this is a capitalist society. 

    If you force a company to operate in a way that makes it LOSE MONEY, then that business wouldn’t exist for long.

    It’s amazing how people don’t understand basic economic principles here.

  1. MoCoCit said at 6:40 pm on Tuesday February 11, 2014:

    Amazing how while this is a good thing for DC, it is not accessible to all of DC. Meanwhile, there is a “Pro-Corner Store” ad/flyer floating around as if it’s the best thing since sliced bread-when most corner stores servicing the underserved part of DC also known as “food deserts” are barely getting fresh bread at astounding prices. Another way of leaving the other half of DC stranded, without access to real fresh foods.

  1. JohnSimon said at 4:33 pm on Thursday October 30, 2014:

    Over the last year or so, I’ve definitely become one of those people who outsource everything. I use Uber, Lyftline (for when I need to go somewhere further away) and Washio for dry cleaning and laundry. Washio is AMAZING if you haven’t used it. It’s like Uber in that you request a ninja to come to your house, they arrive within whatever half hour time window you select, give you a cookie and reusable bags and then return your clothes ready to put away the next day. SUCH a time saver and actually really affordable. If anyone wants to try it, use the code DAPPER10 for $10 off your first order.

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