DoorDash Launches New Online Convenience Store DashMart
On DashMart, customers can buy around 2,000 grocery products, household essentials, convenience and restaurant offerings, CNBC reported. DashMart will feature retail products from national brands like The Cheesecake Factory and local businesses like Noms Bake Shop based in Tempe, Arizona.
DoorDash Adds Grocery Items, Offering More Competition To Amazon’s Prime Now
As the competition among grocers and restaurateurs to cater to the at-home customer heats up, delivery service DoorDash Wednesday revealed plans to meld the two worlds, opening small grocery distribution centers in eight cities that can deliver food items along with laundry detergent, positioning it to better compete with Amazon’s Prime Now.
Drive Thru’s Driving Innovation 2
We have already seen several national restaurant concepts pivot to a digital and drive-thru focus. We believe those are some smart adjustments for any chain which offers a quick-service type of concept. A similar pick-up window for your traditional sit-down restaurant may be the next trend we see (see our earlier posting on the idea). We’re waiting to see if grocery chains have a similar shift.
UK: London Startup Launches 15-Minute Grocery Delivery
The firm, which just raised $1.3 million in pre-seed funding, uses bicycle and electric scooters to deliver to the city’s Fulham and Chelsea districts. Customers can order groceries, many of them locally sourced, as well as household goods through Weezy’s app. Delivery costs around $4, and the order arrives in 15 minutes on average.
For Restaurants Trying To Ditch Delivery Apps, The Struggle Is Real
Casa Vega is one of a growing number of restaurants that have chosen to ditch delivery apps because of high commission rates, safety concerns or both. Although restaurants had complained about delivery apps long before coronavirus, the pandemic has intensified their issues, especially in L.A. County, where 80% of restaurant jobs vanished almost overnight due to COVID-19.
Ghost Kitchens – Mergers & Acquisitions
While the ghost kitchen concept is getting plenty of well-deserved press right now, there is one aspect that we believe is worth noting, but which is not yet being discussed: ghost kitchen mergers & acquisitions.
Shoppers Settle into Online Grocery Routines
Online grocery buying is stabilizing among consumers but remains higher than it was pre-pandemic, according to a report from shoppable recipe platform Chicory. About 60% of respondents bought groceries online in July, compared with 63% in April and 53% in January of this year.
A Closer Look at Ohio’s Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Trial that’s Now a Food Delivery Service
"Between now and March 2021, the city will trial smart mobility hubs for first and last-mile transport, and connected vehicle technology to boost road safety. The electric, self-driving Linden LEAP shuttle is also being recommissioned to deliver food assistance, after passenger service was put on hold in February due to a braking incident." A BRAKING incident? Goodness. Don't order any eggs!