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Weis Markets kicks off Instacart delivery

Regional grocer now partners with three third-party providers for on-demand delivery.
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Same-day delivery options for Weis customers now include Instacart, DoorDash and Shipt. / Photo: Shutterstock

Weis Markets had added its third online grocery delivery partner with the launch of same-day service via Instacart.

Sunbury, Paennsylvania-based Weis said Tuesday that, under the partnership, Instacart delivery will roll out to 133 stores in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. The Mid-Atlantic grocer noted that the launch covers most Weis locations in those states.

To use the service, Weis customers place orders through the Instacart online marketplace or the Instacart app. Orders are picked, packed and delivered by Instacart personal shoppers in as soon as an hour. Customers also can choose the “leave at my door” option for contactless delivery.

Delivery fees start at $3.99 for same-day orders of more than $35, according to Instacart. Service fees vary based on factors such as location and the number and types of items in your cart, and orders with alcohol carry a separate service fee. Customer can get $0 delivery fees on orders over $35, plus lower service fees, by enrolling in Instacart Express.

“We are committed to offering our customers more convenient grocery options, from in-store shopping to online ordering with pick-up or delivery,” Maria Rizzo, vice president of marketing and advertising at Weis Markets, said in a statement. “This partnership unlocks new ways for customers in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware to shop​ online​ with Weis Markets.”  

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 Along with third-party delivery, Weis Markets offers its own curbside pickup service, branded Weis 2 Go Online. / Photo: Shutterstock

Overall, Weis Markets operates 197 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia.

Including Instacart, Weis now offers customers four online grocery fulfillment options. The retailer currently provides its Weis 2 Go Online curbside pickup service at 188 stores and has offered Shipt same-day delivery since September 2018, with the service now available at 176 stores. Weis unveiled an on-demand delivery partnership with DoorDash in September 2021, initially launching the service—via the DoorDash marketplace and app—at 170 stores across the grocer’s seven-state market area.

About a year later, DoorDash announced an expanded partnership with Weis for a branded delivery service powered by the DoorDash Drive white-label fulfillment platform. Weis reported that DoorDash delivery is now available at 189 stores.

As of September, the company offered Weis 2 Go Online curbside pickup in 188 of its locations as well as home delivery with Shipt in 176 locations. In September 2021, the Company announced a partnership with DoorDash to offer on-demand grocery delivery, which is currently available in 189 locations.  

In a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its latest fiscal 2022 reporting period, Weis Markets reported total e-commerce sales of $51.3 million for the 39 weeks ended Sept. 24, down 10.3% from $57.2 million in the same fiscal 2021 period but up 3.3% on a two-year stack. Net sales for the 39 weeks were $3.39 billion, up 8.7% year over year, while same-store sales rose 7.9% and were up 12.5% over two years.

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