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Grocery Delivery Digest

December 8, 2020

Peter Cook, Publisher

As we approach the end of this year, grocery stores and delivery companies are making their final push to finish 2020 well. In the spirit of the season, new partnerships are being made and new deals are being released by major grocery markets like Walmart and Hy-Vee.

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Issue #33

Meijer Kicks Off Online Grocery Delivery with Instacart

Supercenter retailer Meijer has launched same-day online grocery delivery through Instacart at virtually all of its 256 stores in six Midwestern states.

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Stop & Shop To Fill 5K New Positions Amid E-Commerce Push

Stop & Shop will hire more than 5,000 workers to staff its store departments, e-commerce services and distribution centers across five states, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

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Walmart Drops $35 Minimum for Its Members' Online Orders

Walmart announced the membership perk on Wednesday, doing away with a previous requirement that orders amount to at least $35 to qualify for free shipping.

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Hy-Vee Antes Up More Perks with Plus Premium Membership

Hy-Vee is adding more benefits to its online grocery membership plan with the launch of the Hy-Vee Plus premium program.

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FoodX Technologies Announces Entrance into U.S. Market

FoodX Technologies announced its entrance into the U.S. market with the goal of delivering eCommerce profitability for U.S.-based grocers regardless of size.

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The Body Shop Teams Up with Uber Eats for Same-Day Delivery

Beauty brands’ same-day delivery options have multiplied during the pandemic, and now Uber Eats is making its foray into beauty through a new partnership with The Body Shop.

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Ford Teams Up with Argo AI for Self-Driving Deliveries

Ford and Argo AI have teamed up to use self-driving test vehicles for making contactless deliveries to distance learning students.

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Woolworths’ New Dark Store Creates 900 Jobs

Just in time for the Christmas rush, Woolworths has boosted its online distribution capacity in Sydney by almost 20 per cent after opening its third dark store in the city.

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Self Point and Tortoise Launch Remote-Controlled Grocery Delivery Solution

An autonomous same-day delivery solution for grocers in the USA has been launched by end-to-end digital commerce solution provider Self Point and remote-controlled home delivery company Tortoise.

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Only a Matter of Time Before Driverless Grocery Delivery Becomes Reality

Grocers like Loblaw are signalling to the Canadian public that driverless grocery delivery is on its way, writes Sylvain Charlebois.

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Grab Officially Launches GrabSupermarket in Klang Valley

Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading super app today announced the launch of GrabSupermarket, Grab’s first delivery-only supermarket in the region as part of its continued push into grocery delivery.

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Ola To Hire 2,000 To Fuel Electric Venture

As part its EV ambitions, SoftBank Group-backed Ola is scouting for a location to build a 2 million-unit-a-year electric scooter manufacturing plant in India.

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IGA Operator Metcash Prepares for Online Shopping Foray As Sales Surge

IGA supermarkets’ supplier Metcash is accelerating its push into online grocery delivery in direct competition with dominant players Woolworths and Coles after posting record sales and profit during COVID.

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Is a Cold-Chain E-Commerce Breakthrough Coming for CPG Food Brands?

While e-commerce continues to explode across many sectors, one category holds full-scale food delivery back: cold-chain delivery of consumer packaged goods food brands.

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How Instacart Became Essential in the Pandemic

If you’ve been inside a grocery store recently, perhaps you noticed a number of people pushing around jam-packed carts while scrolling furiously through their phones.

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How Grocers Are Turning to Personalization During the Pandemic

To stay competitive and grow profits, retailers are starting to turn to price personalization to create and capture new margin, offsetting their rising delivery and supply-chain costs without increasing their sale prices.

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The State of Robotics in Grocery Markets

To get a clearer picture of technology innovations and robotics solution in in the grocery delivery and fulfillment space, Cooler News tapped Joe McMenamin, Director of eCommerce at KPS Global, for some perspective.

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Is Amazon Killing In-Person Grocery Shopping To Make Us Buy Online?

There’s no question Amazon will continue growing its market share as the #1 online retailer, but don’t think for a second that they are failing with the Whole Foods shopping experience. In fact, it’s far more likely that everything is going according to plan.

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Keeping Pace As Grocery E-Commerce Soars

The strain on supermarkets as a result of Covid-19 has transformed the grocery market resulting in shorter supply chains and faster home deliveries.

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