Instacart and C&S Wholesale Grocers announced the two companies have partnered to offer eCommerce and same-day delivery solutions to more than 3,000 C&S independent grocers cross the U.S.
As part of the partnership, C&S Wholesale Grocers will help bring their network of independent grocers onto the Instacart marketplace.
The companies will work closely to help retailers establish an eCommerce and delivery offering to meet the needs of their customers. Once the grocer is live on the Instacart marketplace, customers can visit the Instacart website or download the mobile app, enter their city, select their store, and begin adding items to their Instacart grocery cart.
An Instacart personal shopper will pick and deliver the order within the customer’s designated time frame — same-day, or for convenient scheduling, up to two weeks in advance. All Instacart orders default to “Leave at My Door Delivery” to ensure customers receive their deliveries safely and can maintain social distancing guidelines.
“Connecting local independent grocers to their customers online is incredibly important to Instacart, and today the need for this is more important than ever,” said Chris Rogers, Vice President of Retail at Instacart. “It’s critical that families have access to groceries and goods from the retailers they love and trust. By partnering with C&S, we’re able to bring more independently-owned grocers online and ensure the communities they serve can more easily access the household essentials they need.”
C&S supplies more than 7,700 independent grocers, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 137,000 different products.
“C&S is proud to provide our retail partners with the ability to move their businesses online,” stated Corey Quiring, Vice President of Retail Services at C&S Wholesale Grocers. “Now more than ever before, shoppers need the safety and convenience of online shopping and home delivery. Instacart’s services are unparalleled in providing a seamless shopping experience.”
A recent study conducted by Dr. Robert Kulick of NERA Economic Consulting showed that Instacart allows grocers to maintain existing customer relationships and attract new ones — all while protecting and creating jobs at brick and mortar stores.
Instacart has partnered with more than 350 national, regional and local retailers, including Albertsons, ALDI, Costco, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sprouts, Walmart Canada, and Wegmans, among others, to deliver from over 25,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in North America.