Instacart plans to hire 54,000 more full-service shoppers in California over the next three months after reporting an over 150 percent year-over-year increase in order volume in the last few weeks.
Average customer basket size also increasing by 15 percent as demand for online grocery delivery and pickup skyrockets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, nearly 40 percent of all orders used Instacart’s new “Leave at My Door Delivery” drop-off option for safe delivery.
Apoorva Mehta, Instacart founder and CEO, said Instacart has been its busiest in the company’s history.
“As more people look for immediate, flexible earnings opportunities during this time, we hope that Instacart can be an additional source of income for those looking to earn while also delivering for the communities in which they live,” Mehta said.
Instacart says it has implemented new shopper health and safety guidelines and benefits such as sick pay for in-store shoppers, up to 14 days of pay for part-time employees and full-service shoppers affected by COVID-19 or placed in mandatory quarantine, health and safety supplies and Leave at My Door Delivery.