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Personal shopping apps surging in popularity amid shelter-in-place in Michigan, coronavirus outbreak

 Personal shopper for Shipt, Khailea Pond, places customer's groceries in her car on Tuesday March 24, 2020.
Personal shopper for Shipt, Khailea Pond, places customer's groceries in her car on Tuesday March 24, 2020. (WILX)
Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 6:39 PM EDT
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From an app, to a shopping cart, personal shoppers deliver groceries directly to a customer's front door.

As more and more people try to stay home and avoid public spaces, personal shoppers have become essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

"The toughest items to get right now are water, milk, bread, milk, toilet paper," said Khailea Pond, personal shopper. "I've been getting to the stores right when they open so that means some really early mornings."

Pond works for popular grocery service Shipt, and created her own service, "Shopping with Khai," six months ago.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the demand for personal shoppers only grows.

"Huge increase in orders. So many orders to the point that shoppers aren't able to keep up," said Pond.

On Tuesday, there were 351 orders that needed to be shopped in the metro Lansing area.

With the surge in demand, Insta-Cart and Shipt are now hiring.

Both companies are asking shoppers to take extra cleaning and sanitizing measures. The also have to leave deliveries at the door.

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