Instacart, which introduced 30-minute deliveries last year, will now allow you to order large items from retailers. The company’s new “Big & Bulky” service promises same-day and scheduled delivery of items such as outdoor furniture, office supplies, and home electronics.
As of today, only a few retailers nationwide, including Mastermind Toys, Office Depot, and Staples, are participating in the program.
If you already use Instacart to buy groceries, you can order large items along with your weekly groceries. The company suggests some admittedly bizarre use cases in which you could use the service.
Assume you don’t have a television before the football game you want to watch. Instacart claims that its app can deliver a 55-inch television set in under an hour.
It’s difficult to say how frequently you’ll find yourself in such situations, but the good news is that the service provides an additional way for the company’s contract shoppers to earn money.
Instacart told Techcrunch that workers who accept Big & Bulky orders would be paid based on the number and weight of the items in the order, with a “heavy pay” incentive available where applicable.