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    Instacart to lay off shoppers in shift to pick-up orders

    Synopsis

    Instacart has seen business soar as people avoid grocery stores due to the risk of Covid-19.

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    Instacart on Thursday confirmed it is cutting its workforce of shoppers, including a handful who voted to unionize, as it tailors its grocery shopping and delivery services nearly a year into the pandemic.

    The San Francisco-based startup has seen business soar as people avoid grocery stores due to the risk of Covid-19.
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    It uses in-store staff along with independent "gig workers," who shop for and deliver groceries, but has been refining its service focusing on orders being ready for pickup at grocery stores instead of being dropped off at customers' doors.

    "As a result of some grocers transitioning to a Partner Pick model, we'll be winding down our in-store operations at select retailer locations over the coming months," Instacart said in reply to an AFP inquiry.

    "We know this is an incredibly challenging time for many as we move through the Covid-19 crisis, and we're doing everything we can to support in-store shoppers through this transition."

    Instacart employs fewer than 10,000 shoppers who are based at specific grocery stores, and its plan involves 1,877 of them being given the opportunity to apply for the same position with the retailers, according to a letter from a lawyer to a union representing 10 of those employees.
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    7 Comments on this Story

    Frustrated @ stupidi42 days ago
    @flower dog farms, you may not be smart but there are high-risk people who have to do everything they can to avoid people like you inside the store so that they don't get Covid from other people. Where I live, the virus is out of control and I see people going around every day without wearing a mask.
    Shane Plummer III42 days ago
    Use Point Pickup. Period
    Flower Dog Farms42 days ago
    I use InstantCart simply for the ability to have groceries delivered. If I have to drive to the store... I might as well SHOP MYSELF. ..... Likewise, if I have to use a separate delivery service... whereby I pay and tip them, and pay and tip via InstantCart, .... I WILL SHOP MYSELF.
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