Grocery Delivery Digest

November 24, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Happy Thanksgiving! As all the final festive preparations are falling into place, turkeys, cranberries, potatoes and pies are being delivered all throughout the U.S. The unity and closeness that this season brings must also be getting into the delivery industry as companies like Instacart, Walmart and Ahold Delhaize form new partnerships with various delivery players.

Whether it’s on a plane, train, automobile, or simply in the comfort of your home, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue of your Delivery Digest. And to you and your loved ones, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Issue #31

Best Buy Partners with Instacart for Same-Day Delivery Across the Entire US

Best Buy and Instacart announced a partnership that will see Instacart power same-day delivery of Best Buy in every state in the US, covering nearly every Best Buy location throughout the country.


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Augmenting Our Last Mile Capabilities

Srini Venkatesan, Executive Vice President at Walmart Global Tech, announced via LinkedIn Walmart's new partnership with JoyRun.


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With FreshDirect Acquisition, Ahold Delhaize Is Doubling Down on East Coast Grocery Delivery

The future of Ahold Delhaize's grocery delivery business currently lies in the New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.


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Instacart Planning $30 Billion IPO

Online grocery delivery giant Instacart reportedly is readying an initial public offering valued at about $30 billion.


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Farmstead, a Grocery Startup with a Focus on Software, Raises $7.9M

Farmstead, a startup that operates an online grocery business while also selling software to other grocers, is announcing that it has raised $7.9 million in Series A funding.


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Check Out KFC’s Next-Generation Restaurant

From a cubby system to kiosks, the global chicken chain is stepping into the future.


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Restaurant Search Engine FoodBoss Adds Support for Direct Delivery from Restaurants

FoodBoss aims to be something like Kayak for online food ordering — the place where you can search across different service and apps to find the lowest prices and fastest delivery times.


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Campbell’s Will Send You Replacement Side Dishes on Thanksgiving

Since 2020 has changed a lot of our plans, the non-cooks of the world might be finding themselves in the unfamiliar role of cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, and frankly, that’s a very stressful notion.


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B2B Autonomous Vehicle Company Gatik Signs on with Loblaw

Autonomous vehicle company Gatik will provide contactless delivery of multi-temperature goods in a new partnership with Canada's largest food retailer, Loblaw.


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Grocery Store Takes Contactless Shopping to the Next Level with ‘3D Virtual’ Experience

A grocery store in Toronto is making it easier for customers to shop from the comfort of their homes amid the pandemic with the first 3D virtual grocery shopping portal in Canada.


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Woolworths To Launch Grocery Delivery Service

Woolworths has announced plans to launch a same-day delivery service in South Africa.


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A Growing Number of Elected Officials Call for More Restaurant Restrictions

Some ask that restaurants to be limited to takeout and delivery only, while others are calling for indoor dining to be closed.


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Here’s Another Reminder To Stop Using Delivery Apps

If you were interested, say, in founding a tech company, you might follow this simple blueprint: Create a solution to a problem that doesn’t actually exist.


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Farm-to- ….

What happens when “table” is removed from the equation?


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How a California Car Service Company Turned into an E-Grocer

Buffalo Market, which made its debut last month, started out in rentals and then became an Instacart-like delivery service before transitioning fully into online grocery.


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