In light of that, a popular delivery service has expanded to Rome and some of the surrounding areas, allowing people to order their groceries, have them picked out, bagged and delivered — for a fee, of course.
“Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Rome area,” said Dave Osborne, senior regional director, in a news release. “Expansion into Rome gives us an opportunity to expand service in the New York market. We’re also excited to build a world class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community.”
The delivery area covers more than 69,000 households in Rome, Utica, Marcy, Lake Delta, Floyd, Chadwicks, Clark Mills, Kirkland, Clinton, New Hartford, Washington Mills, New York Mills, Oriskany, Stittville, Westmoreland, Whitesboro, Walesville and Yorkville.
Customers can start by going online or getting the Instacart mobile app on their phone. Once logged in, users select their location and store, add items and then choose a delivery window — within one hour, within two hours, or up to five days in advance — and then check out.
For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is $5.99, but there also is an Instacart Express membership, which allows unlimited, free same-day delivery on orders of $35 or more. That membership is $14.99 a month or $149 a year, the release said.