Malvern-based Acme Markets has parted ways with Instacart as its curbside pick-up partner and is establishing its own shopping-delivery platform, writes Natalie Kostelni for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Around 60 Instacart employees working from 10 Philadelphia-area Acme stores will be permanently cut due to the move. These changes will take effect on Feb. 15.
Acme’s decision to introduce its shopping system comes as Instacart announced it would be reducing its workforce by around 1,900 employees. One of the reasons for this decision was grocers switching to their own employees for the service.
According to Dana Ward, spokeswoman for Acme, the grocery chain will create 60 initial internal positions in the region as a result of establishing its system.
“Acme is in the process of launching our owned and operated drive-up-and-go online ordering system in our stores,” said Ward. “In doing so, we are discontinuing the use of Instacart as our curbside pickup partner. Instacart services will still be available to customers who would like to schedule delivery through the Instacart website.”
The launch of Acme’s new service began in mid-January and is expected to be up and running in all the area stores within several weeks.
Read more about Acme in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.