In a press release this morning, delivery service Instacart announced that it has partnered with Spec’s Wine, Spirits, and Finer Foods to deliver the “widest assortment of fine foods, wine, liquor and beer.” The service starts today in Houston and Austin and, depending on where people ordering live, could be as fast as an hour.
So, when surprise guests show up, in theory you can order wine and everything needed for a cheese and meat platter and it will show up in an hour or two. Or, if you’re trying out a new cocktail recipe and discover you’re missing the spirit it calls for, you can fix that problem without ever leaving home.
Thinking outside the box, there are also gift baskets available, so the possibilities for convenient holiday shopping just expanded, too.
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Customers can download the Instacart mobile app or visit the web site to order. The minimum order is $35. The first delivery fee is waived. Afterward, it’s $3.99 for a two-hour delivery (minimum $10 order) and $5.99 for a one-hour delivery of $35 or more.
Customers who plan to use the service often might look into Instacart Express, an annual membership that means the fee is waived for two-hour deliveries and scheduled deliveries of $35 or more.
A person of 21 or older with a valid photo ID must be home to receive deliveries of alcoholic beverages (obviously).
With the way new delivery services are cropping up, the new dystopian future might be one in which people never leave their houses.