Albertsons said yesterday that it will begin offering grocery delivery - including same-day delivery - at more than 1,800 of its stores nationwide by mid-2018.

The delivery service will be powered by delivery company Instacart.

Shane Sampson, Albertsons’ Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, said in a prepared statement that the new service, “combined with Albertsons Companies existing home delivery services and established, robust e-commerce offering creates a fantastic customer proposition. Customers can shop how, when and where they choose, with the convenient option of quick delivery straight to their doorsteps.”

Delivery will be available at a variety of Albertsons-owned banners, the story says.

It has been a big year for Albertsons in terms of doing things differently, as it has introduced both delivery and click-and-collect options as well as acquiring meal kit company Plated.

KC's View: It wasn’t that long ago that I saw Bob Miller give a speech at Portland State University in which he painted a glowing picture of Albertsons and its expected growth … but didn’t address the challenges and opportunities of e-commerce, much less meal kits. Now, Albertsons seems to be all-in, or at least as all-in as one can be in outsourcing delivery to Instacart.