Walmart and Amazon have new competition in the grocery/home goods e-commerce market. Instacart, which just last week expanded its delivery service to include more than 3,000 independent retailers, is once again extending its reach—this time in the discount space—launching same-day delivery nationwide from nearly 1,400 Big Lots stores across all 47 states where the value-driven retailer operates.
The new partnership brings Big Lots’ affordable groceries and everyday essentials directly from the store to the customer’s door. In addition to all of Big Lots’ grocery and pantry staples, customers shopping via Instacart will be able to select from a variety of Big Lots aisles, including home goods, kitchen and dining, beauty, pet, personal care, office and craft supplies, toys and more. While Instacart previously offered select home items from a number of different retail partners, Big Lots has one of the largest selections on the platform.
“At Big Lots it’s our mission to make big savings on home essentials accessible to our customers in the communities we serve. Our partnership with Instacart will bring our assortment of home goods, groceries and everyday essentials to customers online in a new way,” said Erica Fortune, VP of e-commerce for Columbus, Ohio-based Big Lots, in a statement. “This announcement is another example of our commitment to offering exceptional value, surprising products and an easy shopping experience to families across the U.S.”
“We’re proud to partner with Big Lots to deliver groceries alongside affordable items for every occasion, providing Big Lots customers with a quick and easy way to connect online with a retailer they love,” said Chris Rogers, VP of retail for Instacart, in a release. “This partnership enables customers to access the products and savings from Big Lots they’ve come to know, love and rely on—all delivered directly to their home.”
While Big Lots stocks everything from affordably priced furniture to patio fire pits to groceries, Instacart delivery of larger items will be limited based on specific size and weight limitations that apply across the platform.
Customers can begin shopping via Instacart by going to the Big Lots website or opening the Instacart app on their mobile device. An Instacart personal shopper will pick, pack and deliver the order within the customer’s designated time frame—either same-day or scheduled 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.
San Francisco-based Instacart today partners with more than 350 national, regional and local retailers to offer delivery from over 25,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Instacart delivery is currently available to more than 85% of households in the U.S. and more than 70% of households in Canada.