Grocery Delivery Digest

July 7, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Unsurprisingly, the Uber Eats – Postmates acquisition dominates the news this week. In addition to articles covering the deal, the acquisition resulted in some decent analysis about the delivery industry over-all.

Similar to last week, this issue of the news digest includes several articles focused on ghost kitchens (or “cloud kitchens”). We believe those are appropriate as those restaurant concepts are all delivery-focused.

We tried to limit this week’s issue to about 30 articles, so it will be easier to work through. If you ran across any news or analysis you think we should have included, feel free to send us the link! Have a great week!

Issue #11

Uber Scoops Up Postmates for $2.65 Billion in 'Everyday' Delivery Push

Uber Technologies Inc on Monday said it would acquire Postmates Inc for $2.65 billion to expand its food delivery market share and significantly increase the business of supplying everyday goods at a time when the coronavirus has pummeled its core ride-hailing service.


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Uber vs. Amazon and Instacart: $2.65B Postmates Deal Shows Appetite for Broader Delivery Market

In announcing the all-stock acquisition, the ride-hailing giant signaled its interest in all sorts of delivery, including groceries, a market currently dominated by Amazon and Instacart.


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Wall Street Journal: The All-American Battle for Your Delivery Dollars

The competition for customers among DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats and rivals is going nationwide as they expand


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Will the Uber Eats-Postmates Delivery Merger Lead to Lower Commission Fees for Restaurants?

Here’s what restaurants need to know about Uber buying Postmates.


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McDonald's Halts Reopening of Dining Rooms for 21 Days

The company started reopening dine-in service in May. McDonald's has already reopened dining rooms in 2,200 restaurants out of 14,000 restaurants in the country. However, the restaurants continue to operate via off-premise.


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DoorDash Enters Grocery Retail With Dark Convenience Stores

Amidst the 1,800+ c-stores it now aggregates are a small handful of locations that are actually their own “dark store” warehouses sold under “The Convenience Store” brand, promising free delivery of over 2,000 items in less than 30 minutes.


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Amazon Go Grocery Stores Slated for Seattle Area and Washington D.C., Expanding Retail Footprint

Amazon is planning to open cashier-less “Go” grocery stores in Redmond, Wash., and Washington D.C., as part of a broader grocery expansion.


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BurgerFi Aims to Accelerate Growth after $100 Million Merger

Restaurant has eyes on ghost kitchens, nontraditional locations.


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Wingstop Opens First Ghost Kitchen in U.S.

Brand debuts small-footprint delivery-only unit in Garland, Texas, following version last year in U.K.


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Stop & Shop to Boost Pick-up Grocery Service, Instacart Delivery

Stop & Shop is adding more locations to its grocery Pick-up service this year and has boosted its e-commerce operations, the supermarket said on Wednesday.


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Chipotle Announces Partnership With Grubhub To Expand Delivery Footprint

Chipotle is now available nationwide on the Grubhub app and Grubhub.com


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Del Taco and Beyond Meat Partner with DoorDash to Make Plant-Based Meat More Accessible for An Epic Fourth of July

Delivery is Free July 3-5 on Doordash with the Purchase of Any Beyond Meat Epic Burrito or Beyond Meat Epic Burrito Meal


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Sobeys Sets the New Standard for Grocery Delivery in Ontario

What is at the centre of the entire fleet is a state-of-the-art distribution centre, the size of 40 Olympic-sized pools in volume. That is 250,000 square feet of space filled with robots.


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Pokeworks Opens First Ghost Kitchen in Chicago

Pokeworks is serving the River West area of Chicago and is exclusively available on all major 3rd party delivery platforms starting Thursday, July 9.


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The Team Behind The Nice Guy and Bootsy Bellows Just Launched New Delivery-Only Restaurants.

h.wood just made some of its restaurants the most accessible they’ve ever been, launching delivery-only offshoots from some of its most popular spots.


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Tyler Akin Set Up a Summery Seafood Pop-Up Inside Stock Rittenhouse

Chef Tyler Akin, best known for Stock, his restaurant that pulls from a variety of Southeast Asian cuisines, is setting up a “ghost kitchen” at Stock’s Rittenhouse location to sell seafood under the name Anchor Light.


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PR, Marketing Firms Find Strength in Numbers with Merger

With its client roster rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, a local PR firm focused on the food and beverage industry is making its own adjustment to the times, joining forces with a peer that’s adding marketing services to its menu.


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Location-less Restaurant Thrives During Coronavirus Shutdown

LA startup Bowlila shares a colony "ghost kitchen" with 25 other restaurants, each with its own small kitchen for takeout and delivery options.


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How the Pandemic Will Change How Restaurants are Built

Operators across segments are planning smaller locations optimized for off-premise as consumer habits change rapidly.


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Coronavirus and the Future of Retail - 7 Rehab Trends

COVID-19 has sparked the popularization of low-key technologies and the mainstreaming of niche retail trends.


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Metro Diner Morphs into the Restaurant Brand of the Future

This emerging chain is constructing a prototype that caters to carryout and delivery.


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The Time Is Ripe For Kitchen United’s Ghost Kitchens To Expand

In the restaurant industry, that’s now in flux, with many states only permitting outdoor dining and waiting to restore indoor dining, the concept of ghost kitchens, which offers delivery and pickup only from shared facilities, is suddenly on the upswing.


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The Kitchen Multiverse

Dark kitchens, cloud kitchens, ghost kitchens, virtual kitchens…. These terms have been increasingly permeating consumers’ vocabulary, industry research papers and articles in recent times. But does anyone really know the difference between each of them?


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Is Grocery E-Commerce Here To Stay?

CEO & Founder, Boomerang Commerce and CommerceIQ, powering intelligent commerce


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[WEBINAR] Does Your Online Shopping Experience Deliver?

Join us for a complimentary webinar as we share the results of our study using Ipsos’ proprietary UX Score metric to evaluate purchasing apps including a deep dive into grocery and apparel e-commerce user experience.


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Foodtech Funding: Dubai-based GrubTech Raises $2mln

Dubai-based startup GrubTech, an end-to-end software platform enabling the digital transformation of restaurants and cloud kitchens, has raised $2 million in seed funding.


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Pakistani Bus App Airlift Raises $10m, Launches Grocery Delivery Service

Airlift Technologies, a smart mobility startup based in Pakistan, has raised US$10 million in a series A1 round led by US-based Quiet Capital.


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In India, Swiggy Merges Operations With Its Premium Food Delivery Service Platform Scootsy

Foodtech Unicorn Swiggy on Monday said it has integrated its premium on-demand delivery platform Scootsy as well as its restaurant partners within the Swiggy platform. Swiggy acquired Scootsy in 2018 to offer quality experiences to discerning customers predominantly in upscale south Mumbai areas.


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Why Cloud Kitchen Business in India May Grow 5 Times in 5 Years

Cloud kitchens are better suited to the needs of socially distanced customers than traditional dine-in restaurants


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In India, Lite Bite Foods Set to Invest in cloud Kitchens

Lite Bite Foods that runs various casual and fine-dine restaurant formats has stepped up plans to open over 35 cloud kitchens in five cities as uncertainty looms large over the fate of physical restaurants, prompting companies to create new revenue streams and service demand for online food orders.


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Casper the Kitchen

Getting ghosted by our kitchens, beating Covid in Ecuador, Zoox + Amazon


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