Instacart: Insta-success or Insta-failure? The Fight for Survival
Maplebear Inc. - operating as Instacart - was a leader in the online grocery delivery service market. It was founded in 2012 by a former Amazon.com Inc. employee-turned entrepreneur Apoorva Mehta, who had realized that in order to succeed, he needed to create a simple, fast, and convenient approach to a growing problem at hand: online grocery delivery. Although the company was realizing year-over-year growth in a market that was experiencing rapid growth, it was unprepared for the pandemic of 2020, which generated astronomically high demand and led to dramatic changes in consumers' shopping behaviour. Understanding that this market growth would likely continue, and in a world still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, Instacart needed to react quickly to maintain its leading position among the competition and solidify its competitive advantage in the grocery delivery market. Fariss-Terry Mousa is affiliated with James Madison University. Sarah Dodson is affiliated with James Madison University.