Grocery Delivery Digest

December 15, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

The grocery delivery trend continues to develop; only this week, there has not been as much activity. The first article in the digest describes how Kroger has soared to one of the top e-commerce companies this year. Micro-fulfillment centers undoubtedly contribute to Kroger’s success. Two articles in the digest take a bit of a deep dive into micro-fulfillment center operations. Otherwise, there’s a lot of big news coming out throughout the world that is worth reading up on.

The grocery delivery industry will continue to grow and change. Count that you’ll hear all about it right here in your Grocery Delivery Digest. Enjoy!

Issue #34

Kroger Breaks into Top 10 List of E-Commerce Companies by Sales

Kroger broke into the top-10 list of e-commerce companies this year with online sales of more than $11 billion as consumers turned to grocery delivery during the pandemic.


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Citing Busiest Year Ever, Instacart Spiffs Shopper Community

At a time of record growth and competition between grocery delivery services, Instacart has announced plans to give holiday bonuses of $50 to $500 to its “shoppers” — the gig workers who actually buy and deliver groceries for customers.


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Meet the CEO Selling Boxes of "Ugly" Produce To Help Solve Our Food Waste Crisis

Started in 2018 by founder and CEO Abhi Ramesh, Misfits Market is bringing ugly produce to the homes of folks who might not otherwise have access to it.


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Grocery Stores Using Robots To Fulfill Online Orders

With demand for online delivery growing, some major grocery chains are going high-tech to free up aisle space and lower operating costs.


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Micro Fulfillment Market ~ $10B by 2026

Micro Fulfillment Centers (MFCs), a highly recommended popular e-commerce strategy, is an effective way to meet the rising volumes, the changing geographical nature of e-commerce demand, and the growing desire for same-day delivery.


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What To Expect from DoorDash Now That It's Gone Public

DoorDash made a splashy debut on Wall Street, having built its reputation as the country’s top food delivery provider by strategically going after suburban markets.


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Instacart Now Accepting SNAP for Online Aldi Orders

A press release says in a new partnership with ALDI, people will be able to access fresh food and pantry staples from ALDI via Instacart’s same-day delivery and pick-up services via the Instacart online site and mobile app.


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NowRx Launches Free Same-Day Prescription Delivery in Phoenix

NowRx Pharmacy, a technology-enabled pharmacy that provides same-day and same-hour delivery of prescription medications, today announced its official launch in Arizona, serving the fast-growing Phoenix metropolitan area.


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Uber Rides and Food Deliveries Will Cost More in California To Cover New Driver Protections

Uber said Monday that customers in California will see prices increase this week for rides and food deliveries to help cover the costs of new benefits for its workers.


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Uber Gets Mexico Green Light To Buy Grocery Delivery Cornershop

Mexico’s antitrust regulator Cofece gave a green light for Uber Technologies Inc. to acquire a majority stake in grocery delivery service Cornershop.


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Grocery Delivery Services in Calgary

Calgary has upped its food delivery game in the last few years, making cooking for the week just a little bit easier.


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British Online Supermarket Ocado Upgrades Annual Earnings Forecast

Ocado Group, the world’s largest online pure-player grocery supermarket, upgraded their annual earnings prediction for the second straight time in just two months, largely driven by a surge in demand for food delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Gorillas Has Raised $44M Series A

Gorillas, a grocery delivery startup that operates its own hyper local fulfillment centers and has already been a hit in Berlin, has raised $44 million in Series A funding.


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Foodpanda Launches Pandamart with Over 3,500 Groceries and Delivery in 20 Mins

Foodpanda Malaysia is now venturing into the online grocery business with its latest grocery delivery service called Pandamart.


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Yandex Robots Start To Deliver Restaurant Meals in Central Moscow

The Yandex.Eats app, one of several food and grocery delivery services in Moscow, is offering customers around the White Square business district the option to have meals delivered by a buggy-like delivery robot instead of a human.


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Prime Now Becomes Amazon Fresh in Singapore

Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon Fresh in Singapore on Amazon.sg, the new and improved version of the ultrafast two-hour grocery delivery service Amazon Prime Now.


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The Pandemic Created Grocery-Delivery Jobs, But Study Finds Many Are Low-Quality Gigs

The coronavirus pandemic has given a massive boost to grocery delivery and created new jobs because of the need to fulfill and deliver more orders than ever, but the quality of those jobs is a cause for concern.


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Online Grocery Sales Total $8.1 Billion in November

U.S. online grocery sales totaled $8.1 billion in November, according to a Brick Meets Click / Mercatus grocery shopping survey.


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