Instacart strikes deal to serve thousands of independent grocers

Dan Ochwat
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The largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S., C&S Wholesale Grocer, has partnered with Instacart, bringing the e-commerce and same-day deliverer to more than 3,000 independent grocers in the C&S network.

Under the recent COVD-19 shopping conditions, e-commerce has seen a boon in the grocery space. Instacart alone has seen orders increase by as much as 500% year over year during these past few months. The consultancy Brick Meets Click has been monitoring e-commerce grocery sales, and month after month, it is breaking records.

The partnership between the companies helps link up more than 3,000 independent grocers into the Instacart marketplace (C&S works with more than 7,700 in its total network). Once the grocer is live on Instacart, customers can order items from that independent grocer via Instacart’s website or mobile app to schedule an Instacart shopper to complete the order and deliver. Instacart, under social distancing measures, currently leaves orders at the door.

“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.”

Chris Rogers, vice president of retail at Instacart, added that it's important to Instacart to serve local grocers. “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,” he said.