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Grocery Delivery Digest

November 17, 2020

Peter Cook, Publisher

A handful of good stories came out this week in the delivery field; and a few of them are about top companies in the industry. DoorDash, Chipotle and Walmart continue to dominate these days with new expansions and innovations. But that does not mean other companies are not contesting their position for center stage. Postmates had a big announcement this week, and now Lyft is looking to iron out wrinkles in traditional delivery practices.

As food delivery continues to develop, there can be a lot of moving pieces. Our goal is to keep you up to date on all of it. Please let us know what we can do to do this better! In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week, and enjoy the rest of your Delivery Digest.

Issue #30

DoorDash Files To Go Public

DoorDash filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering of Class A stock, according to a press release.

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Walmart and Cruise Partner To Test Autonomous Grocery Delivery in Arizona

U.S. retailer Walmart and autonomous vehicle company Cruise are pairing up to test grocery delivery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Chipotle To Unleash Digital-Only Restaurants

The concept will open the gates for Chipotle to enter more urban areas that wouldn’t have supported a full-size restaurant before.

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Red Lobster Opens Its First Delivery-Only 'Ghost Kitchen' in Chicago

As the ghost kitchen trend continues to grow in Chicago and throughout the U.S. amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a well-known seafood chain opened a virtual location in downtown Chicago today.

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Tennessee Titans Name Postmates As Their Official Mobile Ordering Partner

The Tennessee Titans have teamed up with Postmates to be their first, official mobile ordering partner which comes on the heels of Postmates' announcement with the NFL.

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Freebirds World Burrito Launches On-Demand Delivery in Texas

Freebirds World Burrito, the Texas-based fast-casual Mexican restaurant concept, announced the addition of on-demand delivery from all Freebirds restaurants throughout Texas via its statewide partnership with fellow Texas-based company, Favor Delivery.

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Food Delivery Has Potential Blockbuster New Entrant: Lyft

The ride-hailing giant sees the current tension between delivery services and restaurants as an opportunity.

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Target-Owned Shipt Will Give Workers Bonuses for Thanksgiving Weekend Work

Grocery-delivery company Shipt will award bonuses to its shoppers as an extra incentive to work Thanksgiving weekend.

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Sysco Is Eliminating Minimum Delivery Requirements

Sysco is eliminating minimum delivery size requirements in a bid to assist its restaurant customers navigate what could be a rocky winter amid a renewed surge of coronavirus infections and potential dine-in shutdowns.

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Amazon's in-Garage Delivery Is Now Available in Over 4,000 US Cities

Amazon’s Key in-garage delivery is now available in many, many more places. The internet giant has expanded the free, Prime-only service to over 4,000 cities and towns across the US.

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Fast Lane Offering Free Curbside Pickup, Half-Off Grocery Delivery for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, SpartanNash today announced free curbside pickup and half-off grocery delivery is available now through Fast Lane.

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Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Hits $5 Billion Valuation on Fresh Funding of $500 Million

Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup founded by two former Google engineers, has raised $500 million, suggesting that investors still have an appetite for long-term pursuits such as robotics and automated vehicle technology.

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Remote Control Grocery Delivery Hits the Road

Self Point, the end-to-end digital commerce solution for grocers, and Tortoise, the remote-controlled sidewalk home delivery provider, have announced a partnership to provide an automated same-day delivery solution for grocers.

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The One Thing Instacart's Now-Billionaire CEO Changed After 20 Failed Startup Ideas

Thanks to additional investment rounds in 2020, the app’s valuation has more than doubled, making founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta a billionaire at just 33 years old.

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Food Delivery Is Magical Thinking

We are missing a chance to see alternative food delivery ideas that could work better.

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Is the Restaurant of the Future Already Here?

For countless consumers in a COVID-19 world, dining out no longer means dining in.

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Tesco Partners Foodpanda To Deliver Produce and Groceries

Tesco Stores is teaming up with service provider Foodpanda Malaysia to deliver fresh produce and groceries.

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