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August 26, 2014 08:00 ET

One-Hour Grocery Delivery Service Instacart Comes to Portland

Customers Can Order From Whole Foods Market, Costco, and Uwajimaya Asian Market Initially, With More Local Favorites to Be Added in the Coming Weeks

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - Instacart (www.Instacart.com), the only service that can deliver groceries from multiple local stores within an hour, announced today that it has launched Portland's first one-hour grocery delivery service.

Portland is Instacart's 13th city and is part of the company's planned expansion to 17 major cities throughout the U.S. by the end of this year. Beginning today, customers in Portland can order groceries from Whole Foods Market, Costco and Uwajimaya Asian Market stores and have them delivered in as little as one hour. Customers do not need to be a Costco member to order from Costco on Instacart. Additional local stores will be added in the coming weeks, and customers can combine items from multiple stores into one order.

Originally launched in San Francisco and since expanded into many other major cities, Instacart has disrupted the traditional grocery delivery space with its crowdsourced labor force dubbed "Personal Shoppers" who shop for and deliver grocery orders providing their own transportation in as little as one hour. This eliminates the need for costly infrastructure such as inventory, warehouses, trucks and full-time drivers.

Instacart will initially serve the areas of Portland Proper plus Beaverton. Specific neighborhoods include: Pearl District, Downtown, Goose Hollow, Alberta, Mississippi, Hollywood, Belmont, Hawthorne, Laurelhurst, Overlook, Aloha, and Beaverton. A map of the coverage area can be found at www.instacart.com/locations.

"Portland is a young, vibrant city with a tech-savvy culture," said Portland City Launcher Bill Babeaux. "Portland also had the highest number of user requests per capita of major U.S. cities currently not served by Instacart, so we knew people wanted the service here. We're excited to bring the city its first one-hour grocery delivery service and help residents enjoy the beautiful summer weather instead of waiting in line at the grocery store."

Customers can open an account at www.Instacart.com, and get free delivery on their first order of $10 or more. Instacart also offers an Amazon-Prime like service called Instacart Express -- an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more. The cost is just $99. Customers can sign up for a free two-week trial at www.instacart.com/express.

Customers who order on launch day (August 26) will receive a free month of deliveries via Instacart Express.

Note to reporters: Instacart can create a unique promo code for your outlet for free credit on the service. Please email press@instacart.com if you're interested.

About Instacart
Instacart is the only service that can deliver groceries from multiple local stores within an hour, and is often less expensive for consumers than a personal, time-consuming trip to the grocery store. Customers in San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, DC can choose from over 350,000 items from local grocery stores and large chains like Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Shaw's, BJ's Wholesale and Costco. Instacart is disrupting the traditional grocery delivery business with its approach, which utilizes a crowdsourced model of Personal Shoppers who provide their own transportation and smartphones to shop and deliver groceries to customers. This model eliminates the need for costly infrastructure such as warehouses, trucks and full-time drivers. Learn more at www.Instacart.com.

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