Grocery Delivery Digest

December 1, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

From one major holiday to the next, grocers, restaurants and delivery companies are getting set for a big rush in the month ahead. Some big news this week came out from Kroger as they continue to expand their reach with Ocado. There have also been developments with DoorDash’s IPO, and for Corner Bakery, who is introducing a new strategy for their delivery.

All this and more in this week’s issue! So as the temperature drops, grab a warm cup o’ joe and enjoy your Delivery Digest.

Issue #32

Kroger Plans 10th Ocado Automated Warehouse

U.K.-based online grocery specialist also to provide micro-fulfillment technology.


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DoorDash Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering

DoorDash, Inc. today announced that it has launched the roadshow for the initial public offering of its Class A common stock.


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Corner Bakery's Online Ordering Now on Google

Corner Bakery guests across the country can now order their favorite flavor-forward, kitchen-crafted fare for pickup or delivery through Google Search and Maps.


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Shipt Launches Massive Holiday Hiring Push

Shipt is making major moves to gear up for the holiday season.


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DoorDash To Pay $2.5 Million To Settle Lawsuit over Tipping Policy

The company was accused of misleading consumers over a two-year period.


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Remote-Controlled Delivery Carts Are Now Working for the Local Los Angeles Grocer

Robots are no longer the high-tech tools reserved for university labs, e-commerce giants and buzzy Silicon Valley startups. The local grocer now has access too.


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New Grocery Delivery App Empowers Individuals

To launch, run and grow independent grocery shopping and delivery businesses. Every shopper on the Dumpling platform has control.


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Loblaw Is Rolling Out Self-Driving Delivery Trucks in Toronto

Canada is about to get its first-ever fleet of autonomous grocery delivery vehicles courtesy of Loblaw Companies Ltd. and a California-based AI company that specializes in "middle mile" logistics.


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GoJava Launches theGoodGrocer.ca, Toronto's "Goodest" New Grocery Delivery Service

GoJava, Toronto's leading office coffee and snack provider, is proud to announce the launch of theGoodGrocer.ca, the company's rebranded and updated home grocery delivery service.


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Starship Technologies and Co-op Launch Autonomous Robots in Second UK Town

Starship Technologies, the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, has today announced the launch of its service in Northampton in partnership with Co-op, with up to 5,000 households in the town.


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Dija Is Closing in on a $20M Round Led by Blossom

Dija, a new U.K.-based startup founded by senior former Deliveroo employees, is closing in on $20 million in funding.


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Can Online Grocery Deliver the Goods This Christmas?

Supermarkets have ramped up online delivery capacity this year. But Christmas is coming, and slots are already selling out.


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Swedish Grocery Delivery Service Vembla Raises 6M SEK

Vembla, a Swedish delivery service for groceries and other goods, told The Spoon via email today that it has raised 6 million Swedish Krona (~$704,000 USD) from angel investors.


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The Not-So-Niche Food Delivery Player To Watch: HungryPanda Raises $70m

The UK-based food delivery startup for Chinese-speaking customers and businesses is growing fast globally.


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The Future of Fast Food Is Almost Unrecognizable

Quick and casual dining has swung hard toward mobile ordering, delivery and a contactless experience, yet most fast food restaurants look about the same as they did years ago. Now what?


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Restaurants Hate Delivery Apps Like Grubhub and Uber Eats. So They're Turning to These Alternatives

Restaurant operators complain that third-party delivery providers like Seamless, DoorDash and Uber Eats are prohibitively expensive. These platforms offer a way for customers to order from local restaurants, process restaurant payments and provide contract drivers to pick meals up from restaurants and deliver them to customers.


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Food Delivery Apps Are Booming, While Their Workers Often Struggle

With New York City’s unemployment rate at 13.2 percent, many people have turned to working for food delivery apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub, which have seen huge demand from customers.


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Food Delivery & Ghost Kitchens

Drea, founder of Preshift, has an interesting conversation with Scott Landers, food consultant and co-founder of Figure 8 Logistics, about the trends in ghost kitchens and delivery.


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Experienced Trio Launch Restaurant Brands Collective

Two experienced chefs and an operations and franchise expert have teamed up to launch a collection of virtual delivery and dine-in food franchise brands.


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