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Starting Tuesday, Instacart will expand its retail delivery service into Carlisle and other parts of Cumberland County.

Founded in 2012 in San Francisco, Instacart has partnered with national chains and regional grocers to provide on-demand delivery services to their customers’ doorsteps.

Local customers will be able to go online to or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device.

From there, they will be able to select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, chose a delivery window and check out. The window can vary from within an hour to seven days in advance.

An Instacart shopper accepts the order on his smartphone, uses the Instacart shopper app to guide them through shopping and then deliver the order to the customer within the selected window.

Instacart announced plans to hire 100 newshoppers to serve the service area that includes Carlisle, Carlisle Barracks, New Kingston, Mechanicsburg and the townships of Lower Allen and Middlesex.

The Instacart expansion into the Harrisburg-Carlisle area would apply to orders from Wegmans, PriceRite, Costco, CVS and Petco.

“Over the past year we’ve seen incredible demand in the Harrisburg-Carlisle area,” said Dave Osborne, a senior regional director of Instacart. “Expansion into that area gives us an opportunity to expand service in the Pennsylvania market.

“We’re also excited to build a world-class shopper community, where we can offer fun and flexible income earning opportunities for our shoppers, who ultimately deliver this amazing service to the community,” Osborne said.

Carlisle-based Giant offers grocery delivery through its sister company Peapod to communities in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg and York, a service it started in 2015.

Green colored Peapod by Giant trucks transport orders to 60 zip codes in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Shoppers order via and select a minimum of $60 worth of groceries to be delivered at a scheduled time the next day. They can shop with Bonus Cards and earn gas points and A+ School Rewards on the site.

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