Grocery Delivery Digest

January 12, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

It’s the beginning of a new year, so, as could be expected, many companies are looking ahead and making changes. Albertsons has decided to begin using third-party delivery services as opposed to their own delivery fleet. Amazon also came in the spotlight this week when they closed Prime Pantry. Otherwise, there is no shortage of stories from the innumerable other players in this space.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your week! Get some coffee going, sit back, and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest.

Issue #38

Albertsons To Cease Using Its Own Delivery Fleet in Numerous Markets

Albertsons will stop using its own vehicle fleet to fulfill delivery orders in "a variety of market areas and states" beginning Feb. 27, a spokesperson for the chain said. The grocer plans to rely on third-party fulfillment providers to transport orders to customers in these areas.


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Does It Make Sense To Follow Albertson's New "Last Mile" Strategy?

Albertson’s recent decision to discontinue use of its own drivers and shift to third-party DoorDash for grocery delivery in certain markets makes it even more important for other grocers to consider how execution of “third-party” is changing – and in fact, moving beyond the typical players.


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Ahold Delhaize Wraps Up FreshDirect Acquisition

Ahold Delhaize and private equity firm Centerbridge Partners have completed their purchase of pure-play online grocer FreshDirect.


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Amazon Prepares To Vaccinate Warehouse, Grocery Store Workers

Amazon has unveiled plans to vaccinate workers assigned at its fulfilment centres and grocery stores.


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Amazon's Prime Pantry Delivery Service Is No More

Amazon Prime Pantry, the e-commerce giant’s early foray into grocery delivery, is dead. The company launched Prime Pantry for household items and non-perishable food and snacks back in 2014.


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Amazon Plans To Open Grocery Stores in Seattle, Bellevue

Amazon is opening two new Amazon Fresh grocery stores –– one in Seattle and another in Bellevue, the company announced Monday morning.


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Amazon and Groceries: Why They Don’t Have the Advantage

In 2017, Amazon bought Whole Foods. Since then, it’s opened a handful of new Amazon Fresh grocery stores and plans many more, along with Amazon 4-star stores, lots of cashier-less Amazon Go convenience stores, small Amazon Go grocery stores, and a few physical bookstores.


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Jewel-Osco Tests Self-Serve Grocery Pickup Kiosk

Expanding its click-and-collect options, Albertsons Cos. is piloting an automated, temperature-controlled pickup kiosk outside a Jewel-Osco supermarket in Chicago.


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Instacart Taps Investment Banker as Finance Chief

Instacart Inc., the grocery-delivery service that is thriving amid the pandemic, named a new finance chief. Nick Giovanni, an investment-banking executive, will take over as chief financial officer Jan. 27, the company said Thursday.


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Prepared Meals Delivery Startup Thistle Raises $10.3M

Thistle, a “plant-forward” meal delivery startup based in San Francisco, has raised $10.3 million in a Series B funding round, the company announced in a press release Wednesday.


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Indian B2B E-Commerce Startup Udaan Raises $280 Million

Business-to-business marketplace Udaan has raised $280 million from new and existing investors as the Indian startup builds a war-chest to accelerate its growth and fend off rivals.


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Harris Teeter Dangles Incentives for Online Grocery Subscription

Harris Teeter has ushered in an incentive-laden subscription option as part of a new fee structure for its ExpressLane Online Shopping service.


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GoPuff Launches Better-for-You Category

Online convenience retailer goPuff announced Tuesday it has added a better-for-you category to its digital storefront.


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Hungryroot Is Simplifying the Way Consumers Shop for Groceries

Last year changed the way consumers shopped, prepared, and consumed food. Online grocery service, Hungryroot, has leaned into this change in consumer behavior with their online grocery delivery service model.


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GrubMarket: Leveraging Technology Innovation for a Farm-to-Table Experience

Here’s how one company is shaking up the food industry with grocery delivery and SaaS for farmers.


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Foxtrot Melds Digital and Experiential for Maximum Convenience

Foxtrot, a fast-growing chain with eight stores in Chicago, Illinois, and two in Dallas, Texas, has mastered the mix of convenience and experience with an innovative model that delighted consumers before the pandemic and has proven resilient through it.


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NCR Buys Grocery E-Commerce Provider Freshop

Technology company NCR announced Wednesday that it has acquired grocery e-commerce provider Freshop.


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As Pandemic Worsens, Two Grocery Delivery Services Launch in Austin

Two new grocery delivery services have expanded to Austin, adding more choices for shoppers who are ordering food from home.


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El Monte Offers $150 of Groceries, Delivered Twice Monthly, Free for Some Residents

The City of El Monte and Northgate Markets are providing free grocery deliveries for low-income residents.


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Grocery Delivery App canUpls! Makes Shopping for Neighbors Simple

canUpls! is a new grocery delivery app designed to connect community members to make shopping more convenient and manageable. Co-founders Sanil Parambil and Radhika Sanil developed the app in response to a disconnect they noticed in their own daily lives.


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Italian E-Grocery Startup Cortilia Raises €34 Million To Get Fresh Local Food to People’s Homes

Italian grocery delivery company Cortilia has closed a €34 million Series C round to fuel expansion as a sustainable B-corp.


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Gorillas Raises $44M for Its German Dark Stores

Gorillas, a German dark stores startup, just raised $44M to fuel its expansion. Launched in January, Gorillas has grown fast and now expects to be available in 15 cities across Germany and Europe by the end of the first half of 2021.


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B2B Grocery Delivery Startup Jumbotail Completes $25M Funding Round

Business-to-business (B2B) grocery delivery startup Jumbotail Technologies on Friday said it had raised $14.2 million in a funding round dubbed ‘Series B3’, completing a targeted $25 million investment round.


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Perpule Launches StoreSe - an Online Grocery Delivery Startup

Retail-tech startup Perpule has added a new venture in their bucket list named StoreSe.in. The platform is based on grocery delivery and targets the apartment communities in the city.


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Egg Delivery Service Hatches Business Plan in Lockdown

West Cork couple Michael and Carmen O’Sullivan launched a new business after seeing a gap in the market for the delivery of farm fresh produce to customers’ doors in Cork city and county boundaries with their business Farmsy.


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Will Pandemic Gains Remain for Grocery E-Commerce?

Will the pandemic gains grocery e-commerce saw in 2020 remain in the new year? The Food Institute Podcast welcomed back BrickMeetsClick Chief Architect Bill Bishop to discuss the grocery e-commerce space at the end of the pandemic year.


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Supermarkets Try To Calm Food Shortage Fears Amid Border Chaos

Retailers have played down fears of food shortages after France shut its borders to UK hauliers for 48 hours due to the UK's new coronavirus variant.


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Vision for Cold-Chain in 2021

Farming can no longer be relegated merely to serfdom functions of cultivation, rearing, harvesting or catching of produce. Production alone cannot be seen as a sufficient condition! The new favored approach includes ensuring that the production off farms is translated into wholesome delivery at demand side. A long overdue emphasis on post-production activities is coming to fore.


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