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Grocery Delivery Digest

August 18, 2020

Peter Cook, Publisher

Plenty of interesting food delivery news this week! Wal-Mart partners up with Instacart to try to fend off Amazon…and not everyone thinks that is a smart move. Kroger is also launching a subscription program to expand it’s offerings. And plenty of other news regarding Chili’s, Stop & Shop, Domino’s, Tesco, Uber Eats, GrubHub, Instacart, DoorDash, drone deliveries, and more!

And take note of the new LinkedIn Group focused on Ghost Kitchens!

Have a great rest of the week!

Issue #17

Kroger’s Marketplace Sets Out to ‘Deliver Anything, Anytime, Anywhere’

The nation’s largest supermarket operator plans to add sellers in complementary categories, including housewares, international foods, organic products and toys, to its Kroger Ship digital platform.

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Kroger Tests Prime-Like Subscription Delivery Service To Court At-Home Shoppers

With little fanfare, Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery, this spring began testing a $79 annual delivery service that functions much the same as the initial Amazon Prime — further evidence that Amazon's strategy of catering to the at-home consumer is gaining apostles.

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A Look Inside Kroger’s New Digital Marketplace Digs

Amazon, Target and Walmart get most of the attention for their eCommerce efforts, but grocery giant Kroger has been quietly implementing a three-year-long digital transformation of its own.

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Walmart and Instacart to Finally Partner on Grocery Delivery in the U.S.

Walmart wants to ensure Amazon doesn't encroach on its leadership in online grocery store sales, so it is partnering with Instacart to begin offering same-day delivery.

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Walmart Takes A Smart Step By Teaming Up With Instacart On Delivery

By offering its own quick delivery option, Walmart will have a powerful competitive tool. Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart) currently has a partnership with Instacart, and this announcement will strengthen the reach of the relationship and should help the entire Walmart operation fend off competition from Amazon. The new partnership will begin in four markets across California and Oklahoma.

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Walmart Should Not Partner With Instacart. Here’s Why.

Partnering with Instacart??? All this means is that Walmart will make the same mistake as Costco, Kroger and other large grocers who foolishly signed a contract with Instacart only to teach Instacart everything about their business models. This is why I refer to Instacart as a Trojan Horse in the articles that I write about the grocery industry.

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Stop & Shop Owner Doubles Down on E-Commerce Amid Pandemic

Finance chief Natalie Knight says coronavirus led Ahold Delhaize to build out online channels, interlink e-commerce with physical stores

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DST Global Pumps $35 Million into Asian E-Grocer Weee!

The investment firm helmed by Israeli-Russian billionaire Yuri Milner poured $35 million into Weee!, a California-based startup that delivers Asian groceries like fresh kimchi and Japanese desserts from its own warehouses to major cities across the U.S. The funding boosted the five-year-old startup's total raise since launch to over $100 million.

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Trader Joe’s Won’t Offer Delivery or Pickup During COVID-19—and Here’s Why

Vice President of Marketing Matt Sloan explained that Trader Joe's likes to focus on the employee, so the chain is being very careful to avoid processes or technologies that may eliminate the need for real people.

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We’re Eating A Lot More Pizza During the Pandemic. Why Domino’s is Getting the Biggest Slice of the Pie

Domino’s has outperformed its competitors in 2020 through innovation, and improving their delivery infrastructure.

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Chili's Parent Company CEO Says New Virtual Delivery-Only Restaurant First of Other, Similar Concepts

Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s, discussed the concept behind It’s Just Wings during calls with investors and the media. The delivery-only restaurant is just the first of a developing portfolio of similar concepts.

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Chili’s, DoorDash Detail Strides in Delivery Partnership

Both Chili’s and Maggiano’s have exclusive delivery deals with DoorDash—that’s driving off-premises sales for the restaurants.

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Farmer's Fridge, Known for Vending Machine Salads, Now Delivering to 6 States

Vending machines don't usually offer healthy meals, but for the last seven years, Farmer's Fridge has been doing just that, selling its salads and bowls in clear jars from specially-made vending machines.

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Grubhub’s Merger Partner Needs to Defend Its Lunch

Pandemic helped boost Just Eat Takeaway.com’s sales but is also making rivals like Uber double down on food delivery

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Just Eat Plans to Stop Using Gig Workers in Europe

Chief executive says he wants to employ people who get benefits and have job security.

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California Puts DoorDash in Its Crosshairs

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Wednesday announced he filed a motion that would force DoorDash to reclassify delivery workers as employees rather than as independent contractors.

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California Uber Rides Could Come to a Stop, but Uber Eats Still Has a Green Light

Uber Technologies Inc. rides may come to a halt in California next week, but Uber Eats — and the many drivers who have switched over to delivering for the service amid shelter-in-place orders — will go on.

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Pinning Hopes On Voters, Uber & Lyft Threaten To Pull Out Of CA

Ridesharing giants Uber and Lyft threatened to shut down operations in California this week, a power move in a battle that may ultimately be won or lost at the ballot box in November.

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Shift4 Payments and Uber Eats Announce Partnership to Provide Integrated Online Ordering and Delivery Experience for Restaurants

Food orders placed through Uber Eats will sync directly with the point-of-sale software utilized by Shift4’s customers.

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Canada: The Battle for Same-Day Grocery Delivery Heats Up Among Canadian Retailers: Experts

For retailers looking to run their own digital fulfillment show, a time window/scheduled service tends to be preferred to allow orders to accumulate and to put together a delivery run which makes sense and is “hopefully” profitable.

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UK: Tesco to Scrap Food Delivery Charges in Bid to Counter Amazon Threat

Tesco to cut delivery charges for Clubcard Plus users in bid to see off growing threat from Amazon's delivery business.

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UK: Stand and Deliver: Waitrose and M&S Fight for Ocado Customers

When the home shopping service joins forces with the Marks & Spencer empire in September, will its loyal clients stay with it – or substitute waitrose.com instead?

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India: Ninjacart’s 10,000 Steps of Efficiency from Farm to Doorstep

Flipkart Quick, the answer to Amazon Fresh, is enabled by India’s top-funded agritech startup Ninjacart, founded in 2015 to supply fresh produce from farms to retailers, restaurants, food brands and service providers

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Grocery Stores Might be the Next Big Thing to Move into Malls

The biggest mall owner in the U.S., Simon Property Group, hints at opening more grocery stores in its malls.

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Drone Delivery Closer to Reality in Mobile After Demonstration; First Order to be Sent in October

In just a matter of months, food and grocery delivery could be completely different if one Alabama company gets their way.

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Brazilian Startup to Trial Drones in Food Delivery

Startup iFood has received authorization to begin experimental flights.

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Why Ghost Kitchens Are On The Rise During The Pandemic

Ghost Kitchens and off-premise delivery have taken on a new dimension since the onset of the novel coronavirus; Delivery has become the sole means of operation for most restaurants around the world.

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Just How Many Virtual Brands Are There?

The delivery-only concepts seem to spreading like wildfire amid the pandemic, and a recent estimate from Chowly pegs their total number at 100,000.

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New LinkedIn Group: Ghost Kitchens

We just started a LinkedIn Group focused on Ghost Kitchens! Please join us!

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