Instacart Launches New AI-Powered Food Inspiration Search Tool, Ask Instacart
New Ask Instacart search experience makes meal planning easier, faster, and more inspiring than ever before
SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today launched Ask Instacart, a first-of-its-kind AI-powered search tool designed to assist with customers' grocery shopping questions - saving them time, inspiring their routine, and helping them make food-related decisions by offering personalized recommendations throughout the shopping experience.
By leveraging the language understanding capabilities of OpenAI's ChatGPT API and Instacart's own AI models and unique catalog data that spans more than a billion shoppable items across more than 80,000 retail partner locations, Ask Instacart invites customers to ask questions about what to eat and how to make it, helping tackle the age-old daily question: 'What's for dinner?'. Starting to roll out to Instacart customers today and scaling to all U.S. customers over the coming weeks, Ask Instacart is a reimagined yet still familiar search experience directly embedded in the search bar in the Instacart app, providing customers with product recommendations that are intuitively organized, as well as additional useful information about food preparation, product attributes, dietary considerations, and more. The newly enhanced search experience also incorporates personalized question prompts into the search bar that anticipate customer preferences, remind them of their needs based on their shopping history, and inspire them to discover new products.
"A simple question like 'What's for dinner?' is among the most complex for families everywhere to answer. From decisions about budget and dietary specifications to cooking skills, personal preferences, and so much more, Ask Instacart can help customers answer all of their food questions and deliver the ingredients for the perfect meal in as fast as an hour," said JJ Zhuang, Chief Architect at Instacart. "Whether it's, "What's the best fish for tacos?" or "What should I make for a Memorial Day BBQ?," by supercharging Instacart search with generative AI we can create a truly inspiring exprience that unlocks even more opportunities to engage and help customers as they shop online from their favorite retailers."
With Ask Instacart, customers will be able to:
Further adding to the new experience, Ask Instacart will help match consumer needs – through the questions asked – with brand partners' sponsored product campaigns, creating an even more convenient way for people to discover new products and access the products they already know and love.
The Ask Instacart launch comes as part of a growing suite of new AI-native initiatives from Instacart that we are working to roll out over the next year and beyond. In March, the company debuted an Instacart plugin for ChatGPT, which lets ChatGPT users express their food needs in natural language, with Instacart's ability to make those needs instantly shoppable with ingredients delivered to their door in as fast as an hour. Since that launch, the Instacart plugin has been made available to all ChatGPT Plus subscribers, and Instacart has plans to launch additional plugins with Microsoft Bing and Google Bard in the coming months.
At Instacart, we know that generative AI technology is still in its early stages, so Ask Instacart is a highly specialized model designed to only respond to relevant food-related questions. Instacart is committed to incorporating AI features into our products in a responsible manner, with a goal of enhancing the overall Instacart shopping experience and delivering more food inspiration to customers.
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