Grocery Delivery Digest

October 6, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

There is a lot to sift through in this week’s Delivery Digest. Things have been a bit more quiet for restaurants and grocers, but there has been a lot of talk surrounding delivery companies. Delivery robots are being used to bring meals to homes, Wegman’s looks to deploy a cleaner freight system, and Instacart continues to expand beyond grocery delivery.

OnTrend Concepts is also excited to announce The Ghost Kitchen Conference! The conference will be the first ever in person event focusing exclusively on ghost kitchens. Please see the full announcement below. We would love to see you there!

As always, we hope you enjoy the rest of your week! And we always enjoy hearing from you, so shoot us an email sometime and let us know what you think. In the meantime, relax and enjoy the digest.

Issue #24

OnTrend Concepts Launches The Ghost Kitchen Conference

OnTrend Concepts will be holding the first conference organized to bring together experts to discuss the challenges, opportunities, trends, and technology solutions faced by the ghost kitchen industry.


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Save Mart Launches Robotic On-Demand Grocery Delivery

Contactless service debuts at retailer’s flagship store and innovation lab in Modesto, California.


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11% of US Shoppers Have Signed Up for Walmart+ Subscription

Eleven percent of Americans subscribed to the new Walmart+ service within the first two weeks of its launch.


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Instacart, Shipt Team Up with Bed Bath & Beyond for Same-Day Delivery

Instacart and Shipt, two leading grocery delivery platforms, are continuing to expand their services beyond food retail with new partnership deals with home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond.


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Why Instacart, DoorDash and Other Delivery Firms Are Moving Beyond Just Food

If the holiday shopping season is divided into two groups — those who love to go shopping vs. those who don’t — the latter looks set to enjoy more opportunities than ever this year to get same-day-delivery for gifts and other purchases.


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Wegmans Adds Compressed Natural Gas Trucks in Move Toward Diesel-Free Fleet

Wegmans has added two compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, which come equipped with near-zero NOx emissions Cummins engines, to its fleet of vehicles as part of its new partnership with Hyliion.


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Ocado Overtakes Tesco As Most Valuable UK Retailer

Online grocer Ocado has overtaken Tesco in terms of stock market value as investors continue to bet on the firm.


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Ahold Delhaize USA Readies Six Facilities for Self-Distribution in 2021

Next year, Ahold Delhaize USA expects to transition six facilities under its three-year initiative to switch to a fully integrated, self-distribution model.


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Zuul Market Unlocks a Hyperlocal "Amazon Prime" for Restaurants

Zuul is delivering multiple orders from multiple restaurants to one location using a single courier.


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Uber: Postmates Isn't Contributing Much for $2.65 Billion

Uber's $2.65 billion stock acquisition of Postmates is expected to close sometime in Q1 2021, and with Q4 upcoming, Uber has released a snippet of Postmates' expected contributions to revenue and EBITDA.


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GrubMarket Raises $60M As Food Delivery Stays Center Stage

GrubMarket is today announcing that it has raised $60 million in a Series D round of funding.


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Fazoli’s Joins delivery.com Platform To Deliver Fast, Fresh Italian

delivery.com, a leading destination for online ordering, today announced that Fazoli’s has launched on the platform.


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BJ's Restaurants Up 143% in 6 Months: What's Behind the Rally?

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry has gained 33.8% in the past six months. BJ's Restaurants, which belongs to the same industry, has soared 142.6% in the same time frame.


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How Checkers & Rally's Is Growing Its Drive-Thru and Delivery, Digital Footprint

The national burger chain, with nearly 900 locations across the US, is testing out new ways to deliver faster and to more customers with a new kitchen layout, strategic drive-thru lanes and digital delivery.


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Olo Introduces Refreshed Ordering Experience 'Serve'

Olo, a leading food ordering platform for the restaurant industry announced that Serve, its completely refreshed ordering experience, is available for all customers leveraging the Olo platform to serve diners.


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Postmates Partners with Both Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens

Postmates has teamed up with the Los Angeles Rams and the Baltimore Ravens to be both teams' official mobile order delivery partner.


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Good Eggs Survey Reveals 68% Are Having Groceries Delivered

Good Eggs, the online market that delivers absurdly fresh groceries, today announced the results of its national consumer survey, Online Grocery Shopping During Covid-19.


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Darkstore’s New Service Pitches Two-Hour Delivery for Consumer Goods

Darkstore Inc., a behind-the-scenes fulfillment company, has released its first consumer-facing app, promising two-hour delivery of products from sneakers to olive oil.


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Dunnes Stores Launch New Groceries Home Delivery Service

Dunnes Stores has confirmed a move into home deliveries with a new partnership with Buymie that will see customers able to order groceries from 24 stores in the greater Dublin area and in Cork city for same day delivery.


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Sainsbury’s Boosts Online Grocery Delivery Capacity

Sainsbury’s has announced plans to increase its weekly grocery online orders to 700,000 by the end of October.


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Greggs' Sausage Roll-er Skating Squad Shares Sausage Rolls and More

Just Eat teamed up with Greggs to introduce a new service called the Sausage Roll-er Skating Squad, which helps people in London receive their food in a fun way.


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A Grocery Delivery Service Using Only Bikes Launched in Brooklyn

Fridge No More promises to deliver New Yorkers their groceries within 15 minutes.


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Delivery, Drive-thru and Distance: Welcome to the New Disconnect

We now face a future of remote transactions involving significantly reduced participation and human interaction.


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Delivery Apps Are Ruining Grocery Stores

There was a time, not so long ago, when grocery shopping could be a pleasure.


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How Off-Premises Is Changing Everything for Restaurants

Delivery, curbside pickup, and other off-premises service methods were already becoming popular drive-thru alternatives. COVID-19 has launched their momentum into the stratosphere.


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A Look at the Micro-Fulfillment Model and the Future of Grocery Retail

On the surface, fulfilling online grocery orders appears to be a fairly simple and straightforward process. It's not.


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