Instacart has made a big addition to their lineup of grocery stores: Walmart.
Up to now, shoppers have had to go through Walmart’s Grocery Delivery service. While we LOVE how Walmart Grocery Delivery is cheap and easy to use, there’s a strong case to be made here for Instacart.
Instacart just got a whole lot better. Here’s what you need to know:
Instacart has started delivering from Walmart in select markets — with more expected soon.
During the past week, Instacart brought same-day deliveries to customers of Walmart stores in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Tulsa areas.
If the pilot program is successful, as Instacart and Walmart believe it will be, additional markets will be added in the coming months.
Walmart shoppers can get more than just groceries via Instacart.
While Walmart Grocery Delivery is pretty honed in on groceries, pantry products, and things like laundry soap and paper towels, the Instacart partnership introduces thousands more products — including alcohol, home goods, personal care products, electronics, and more.
The annual price for unlimited delivery is pretty much the same between Walmart and Instacart.
Instacart’s delivery fees start at $3.99 per order, and on average hover around $6. But with Instacart Express, shoppers pay $99 a year for free delivery on orders over $35.
Walmart Grocery Delivery Unlimited offers free delivery on grocery orders of at least $30. (Regular Walmart delivery fees are between $7.95 and $9.95 per order.)
Month to month, though, Instacart has the edge on Walmart.
The annual or monthly prices, however, don’t include how much you tip your driver. (And you should tip your driver.)
You’ll want to compare prices between Instacart and Walmart.com.
While Walmart Grocery Delivery will always match the prices on the shelves in store, Instacart has been known to mark up the cost of items.
There’s a general understanding that Instacart doesn’t upcharge at their “partner” stores, but you’ll want to check, just in case.
The Walmart partnership benefits Instacart subscribers.
Instacart is the reigning queen of store delivery services. They have partnerships with Albertsons, ALDI, Costco, CVS, Kroger, Loblaw, Publix, Sam’s Club, Sprouts, Wegmans, and now Walmart — and operate out of countless more stores, including Harris Teeter, Target, Big Lots, and Staples.
So if you’re an Instacart Express subscriber, you’ve got free delivery to just about anywhere you want to shop.