Software development

Instacart analog

Steve Kolins Cofounder

September 10th, 2020

Hi everyone. During the epidemic, the grocery delivery direction has increased. Every time when I go outside I see different delivery companies, like "Instacart". So now I'm going to make an analog, but more local. The budget is 30000-40000$. I am thinking about the first steps... The business plan is in the progress, what about software development. Guys do you have any ideas?"

Raphael Carrondo co-founder and CSO

September 10th, 2020

Great idea. Good luck.

Roxana J. Davidson CEO

September 10th, 2020

1. Start the business plan. Write down all possible expenses, then multiply them on 3 (First business rule)

2. If You still want to make an app, write down your potential income and divide it by 2 (Second business rule)

3. Read all possible information about an app making, like ( ) and (how to create a food delivery app)

4. Remember, the first income you need to spend on advertising. (involve different ad sources: PPC, SEO, etc).

Good luck!

Baran Baygan Full stack developer. Can code mobile apps+backend

September 10th, 2020

We have a solution just for these use cases. It is being used by Starbucks, Unilever, Check it out if you like.

Jay Business Development consultant, Product Design Consultant. Fashtech, ecommerce

September 10th, 2020

we have a pre build solution for this already being used by a major grocery delivery companies. can share demo. $15k starting. email me at if interested.

Tariq Khan Co-Founder And CTO

September 10th, 2020

Hey Steve,

Currently I am working on similar solution for gulf client. Let's discuss this in detail.

Matt Lawrence Founder, Shipper Hero

September 10th, 2020

Hey Steve,

I have thought a lot about this as well. This sounds very cliche, but I think the main point to consider is what problem are you solving for your customer? The specific problem I have thought about is that we love Trader Joe's, and that's the one store we can't get on Instacart. The great thing about TJ's from a development standpoint is that they mostly carry their own brands so it's a little easier to organize. The keyword "trader joe's delivery" gets 60,500 monthly searches online, according to, and it appears California is one of the top search areas, according to Google Trends.

I know you asked about software, and I would recommend a no code solution using Airtable + Webflow to get started as quickly as possible. The tedious work would be finding and listing all the items at TJ's (or whatever stores you service), but once it's done, you could have your shoppers update "out of stock" items and just call the store daily to find out when items will be back in stock.

I hope this helps and best of luck!

Marius Kurgonas Visionary entrepreneur

September 10th, 2020

if you want something universal out of the box that was already made go with the guys that already have a product built.

On the other hand if you do not want to spend a lot money up front for this and can wait for a small custom solution to developed in a couple of months, you might be better off with a few dev freelance guys that would build it in couple of months

I am a tech lead on mobile and server apps currently contracting worldwide. Let me know if you wanted to go the second route i possibly could help you build it in the beginning



Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

September 10th, 2020

I am not clear if you are contemplating a platform to license or a full service solution.

If it's the latter, the software is simply not the big issue; it's the people, especially in California.

Carloscar Tovar Founder, rising entrepreneur, learning and applying, new to San Antonio, creating networks

September 10th, 2020

Just make sure to have more variety of choices as your competitors, a great UI/UX, and zero flaws in the software and you'll do great!

Umesh Sethi Software Professional looking for International Partners, Sales co-founders

September 11th, 2020

Hi Steve,

For software and app development , I suggest you look at articles , tutorials and even first hand guidance on the requirements process and agile methodologies. Here is an article on how to create a requirements doc for a mobile app for example.

Apart from this the UI is very important so let that be brainstormed and delved into first. As far as budget is concerned it seems substantial. If you'd like to discuss more or any queries, I run an app and web development company. Please feel free to reach out.