Online grocery delivery provider Instacart plans to launch “Instacart North,” a new tech hub in Toronto. The hub will employ 200 over the next several years in engineering, product, design and R&D, the company says.
Instacart's footprint in Canada has expanded over the last year through new and deepening retailer relationships and strong customer demand. Instacart is now accessible to more than 50 per cent of households in Canada and more than 70 per cent of households in the US.
Instacart currently has more than 80 employees in existing Toronto office, most of whom joined the company through its acquisition of Unata, a Canadian start-up offering an all-in-one e-commerce platform for grocery retailers. Earlier this month, Instacart announced the launch of a pilot program with Walmart Canada to offer same-day grocery delivery in the GTA and Winnipeg. This growth is in addition to Instacart's partnership with Loblaw, which began in December 2017 and has grown to offer grocery delivery from more than 250 Loblaw stores from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.