Grocery Delivery Digest

December 22, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

It’s been an exciting week for grocery delivery just before Christmas! Walmart dropped the big news this week that they will be operating driverless vehicles for their delivery! Instacart has been expanding their reach recently by working outside the grocery realm by delivery for brands like Sephora and Bed Bath & Beyond. They continue to expand by delivering for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Instacart, Aldi and now H-E-B are continuing to offer EBT to SNAP participants.

We hope you enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest this week! From all of us here at OnTrend Concepts, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

Issue #35

Walmart To Go Driverless in Expanded Arkansas Pilot of Middle-mile Delivery

Building on an earlier test, Walmart next year plans to go fully driverless in an autonomous vehicle pilot in Arkansas as well as bring the middle-mile delivery technology to Louisiana.


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Farmstead Will Expand to 14 More Markets in 2021

Online grocery delivery startup Farmstead said that it plans to expand to at least 14 new markets in 2021. This comes on the heels of its push into North Carolina and a $7.9 million funding round announced in November.


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Freshly Launches New Lower-Carb Product Line

Freshly plans to kick off 2021 with new lower-carb, protein-packed lunch and dinner entrees called FreshlyFit, the meal delivery company announced.


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Dick's Sporting Goods Teams with Instacart for Same-Day Delivery

Dick's Sporting Goods is teaming with Instacart to offer same-day delivery from more than 150 stores, in states including Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, the companies announced Friday.


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Instacart and ALDI Expand EBT SNAP Partnership

Instacart is proud to announce that it is expanding its EBT SNAP integration in partnership with ALDI.


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H-E-B Expands SNAP Online Payments Chainwide

H-E-B announced Friday that is now offering online Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) payments for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants across its curbside pickup and home delivery services.


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E-Grocery Market in North America Will Reach USD 114,923.8 Million by 2026

According to the research report, the North America E-Grocery Market was estimated at USD 30,879.1 Million in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 114,923.8 Million by 2026.


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Amazon Asks U.S. To Include Warehouse, Grocery Staff in Vaccine Rollout

Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday asked the U.S. government to prioritize essential workers including its warehouse, grocery store and data center staff for receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter seen by Reuters.


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Mobile Store Service Goes Live with Beta Test

Mobile grocery store provider Robomart launched an invite-only beta test in West Hollywood, California, where local residents can download the Robomart app and request an invite code.


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Tom Thumb To Cut 97 Driver Jobs As It Shifts Delivery to Services Such As DoorDash

Tom Thumb plans to permanently lay off 97 drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and shift to third-party delivery services as its online grocery business continues to grow.


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This Grocery Delivery Service Doesn’t Deliver You Any Plastic

Zero Grocery acts like an old-fashioned milk delivery—with all your groceries coming in reusable containers that you return.


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How Grocery Retailers Can 'Win The Porch' for Online Grocery Delivery

Covid-19 has made unattended delivery (no human contact with a delivery driver) a necessity, and this expectation is not going to change.


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Curbside Pickup Powered by MFCs Driving Growth in Grocery E-Commerce

Given lockdown and quarantine measures for many consumers over the course of 2020, it’s little surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has driven an explosion in grocery ecommerce.


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As Holiday Shipping Deadlines Approach, Retailers Are Going All In on Same-Day Delivery

Carriers like UPS and FedEx are already facing a holiday shipping bottleneck and retailers are feeling the pressure from last-minute shoppers. As they race against the clock to fulfill holiday orders, brands are breaking out last-minute same-day delivery options.


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Superstore Steps Up To Provide Grocery Delivery to Apsley After Sayers Foods Fire

The Real Canadian Superstore in Peterborough along with Loblaw Digital have teamed up to provide residents and cottagers in North Kawartha Township with curbside grocery pickup.


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Grizzly’s Canceled Delivery Is a Warning of Brexit Trouble Ahead

This week, the owner of the Folkestone, England-based firm received a two-line email with bad news: his German supplier is stopping all shipments to the U.K. indefinitely because of Brexit.


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Stor.ai (FKA Self Point) Usher in the Next Generation of Grocery Shopping

Stor.ai (formerly Self Point), the end-to-end digital commerce solution for grocers, today announced their new name and the appointment of five senior executives to the team. Stor.ai is expanding their team as demand surges for their solution supporting grocers through their online and offline digital grocery transformation.


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Swiggy Scales Down Grocery Market Biz To Focus on Genie

Naspers-backed grocery delivery platform Swiggy is winding down its grocery and fresh produce marketplace, which it expanded during the nationwide lockdown, in a phased manner.


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