Grocery Delivery Digest

October 14, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

From new delivery platforms to successful investing rounds and much more, this has been a week packed with news related to food delivery. A couple of the bigger indications of this movement are Little Caesar’s announcement that they will now be working with DoorDash; and Lyft’s new arrangement to create deals on Grubhub for customers.

One trend that seems to be developing a greater speed is the emergence of MFC’s, also known as micro-fulfillment centers. For example, Swisslog recently partnered with H.E.B. to begin developing an MFC for the Texas-based grocery store.

No matter what happens in food delivery, rest assured that we’ll be bringing you all the best. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week. Enjoy your Delivery Digest!

Issue #25

Kroger Brings ClusterTruck ‘Ghost Kitchens’ On-Premise for Meal Delivery

Following a successful pilot, The Kroger Co. is launching two “ghost kitchens” with partner ClusterTruck inside stores in metropolitan Indianapolis and outside Columbus, Ohio, for on-demand delivery of fresh-made meals.


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Wingstop Is Approaching 1,500 Locations Across the Globe

The brand opened a net of 43 restaurants in Q3, it’s highest since 2016.


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Little Caesars Announces Major Expansion with DoorDash

Little Caesars and DoorDash announced a major expansion of their exclusive partnership, extending the availability of Little Caesars delivery to the DoorDash app and website.


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Ghost Kitchen Operator Kitchen United Enters New Era As Jim Collins Steps Down As CEO

Kitchen United announced Wednesday the departure of CEO Jim Collins, who played an instrumental role in developing the company’s string of rent-a-kitchen facilities in major U.S. markets.


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Amazon Adds Time Slots for Grocery Delivery

If there are no delivery slots available when a customer goes to place their order, they will now be able to sign up to be notified when there is a slot available — essentially, a virtual spot in line.


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C-store Distributor Teams Up with Chinese Tech Firm on Robotic Warehouse

Construction is underway on a new automated warehouse in Huntsville, Alabama, that will use three robot technologies and more than 70 robots, convenience-store distributor C-Store Master announced Wednesday.


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Swisslog Partners with Texas Retail Chain H-E-B To Deploy Automated Micro-Fulfillment Centers

Swisslog, a provider of warehouse automation and software, has partnered with H-E-B in San Antonio, Texas, to support the company’s growing demand for online fulfillment.


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Instacart’s Valuation Has More Than Doubled in 2020 to $17.7 Billion

Instacart raised new funding, more than doubling the grocery delivery start-up’s valuation from the beginning of the year and further cementing its place as one of the most valuable private companies in the U.S.


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Lyft Partners with Grubhub for Food Delivery Perks, Restaurant Discounts

Lyft on Tuesday unveiled a partnership with Grubhub that provides users of its Lyft Pink membership plan with free access to Grubhub Plus, which offers perks for restaurant orders.


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DoorDash Introduces a New Corporate Product

Delivery service DoorDash is giving employers a way to feed their remote employees through a new suite of products called DoorDash for Work.


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Uber Eats Revamp Looks To Improve Restaurant Discoverability

Uber Eats will roll out a revamped app and website in the coming weeks with an enhanced pickup map that contains more information about local spots, including user ratings of nearby restaurants.


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Uber Deploying Free Food Trucks To Feed Voters

Uber announced it is sending 180 food trucks nationwide, including in Austin, to hand out free food to voters waiting to cast their votes.


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Waitr Offering Free Grocery Delivery in Preparation for Hurricane Delta

Waitr is offering free grocery delivery to anyone in the Baton Rouge area unable to get to their area grocer — or those just wanting to stay at home — before the potential arrival of Hurricane Delta.


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GoPuff Raises $380M for Expansion, Names C-Suite Execs

GoPuff, a delivery startup with apps and a desktop site focused on convenience store goods, raised $380 million to support its expansion and product selection, and to expand its executive team.


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Weee Aims To Be the Top Grocer for Asians in North America

The online company plans to keep expanding across the U.S. while growing its customer base and diversifying its product offerings.


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Lunchbox Teams with Sodexo and Kiwibot Partnership on Autonomous Food Delivery

Lunchbox announced its partnership with Sodex and delivery robot startup Kiwibot to facilitate autonomous and contactless food delivery across the University of Denver for students through a seamless and novel integration between the three companies.


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Food Delivery Service Chowbus Experiences Data Breach

Chicago-based Asian food delivery service Chowbus has suffered a data breach with more than 800,000 customer records and 444,000 unique email address exposed.


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Redeem Chase Points for Restaurants, Delivery and More

Earlier this year, Chase launched a partnership with the Tock dining platform, enabling cardholders to book special dining experiences at restaurants, wineries and other venues, including the option to pay with Ultimate Rewards points.


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Flipkart, Walmart Invest an Additional $30m in Ninjacart

Indian ecommerce startup Flipkart announced its second round of investment with its US-based parent Walmart in fresh produce supply chain startup Ninjacart.


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Goodfood Announces Launch of Goodfood WOW

Goodfood Market Corp. is proud to announce the launch of Goodfood WOW, its new unlimited same-day grocery delivery service, in the Greater Montreal Area.


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92 Million Square Feet of Warehousing Space Needed To Meet E-Commerce Demand

The growth of e-commerce could drive demand for some 92 million sq ft of warehouse space across the UK by 2024, according to analysis by real estate advisor Knight Frank.


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Del Taco’s Diversified Menu Is Helping Them Beat COVID Odds

Podcast - New CMO Tim Hackbardt talks about the chain’s winning strategies and new collaboration with Cholula Hot Sauce.


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MFCs Promise To Revolutionize Grocery E-Commerce

Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to deliver legions of consumers eager to buy groceries online, it is putting a focus on the multiple challenges grocers face in determining the best ways to fulfill those growing orders.


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Easing Customers' COVID Fears Is Still Task No. 1 for Restaurants

Credit quarantine fatigue or people getting more comfortable with personal safety protocols, but, regardless, an increasing number of consumers searched for alternative food options—and they looked to restaurants.


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Celebrity Virtual Brands Create Boon for Battered Restaurant Industry

What do Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Pauly D, Steve Aoki, and Travis Barker have in common? They’re all part of the inaugural class of celebrity-themed virtual restaurant brands deployed in ghost kitchens and existing brick-and-mortar restaurants seeking a new lifeline.


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5 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on the Restaurant Industry

While the short-term effects of this public health crisis on the restaurant industry are clear — with unemployment soaring and restaurants being forced to shut down — the long-term effects are less so.


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Are Food Trucks Better Prepared To Weather COVID-19 Than Restaurants?

It’s a difficult road ahead as winter looms, with more people working at home and less foot traffic in urban areas. Can they ride out the storm?


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The Complicated Relationship Between Third-Party Delivery Apps and Texas Restaurants

While third-party apps are helping many Texas restaurants stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, many partnerships were created without the business knowing.


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