Grocery Delivery Digest

January 19, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Vaccinations are on everyone’s mind these days, and the delivery companies of the world are no exception. There were a couple articles written this week about the incentives that companies have to encourage their employees to get their shot. And speaking of employees, Prop. 22 continues to cause frustrations for delivery drivers. Otherwise, there are some great, new ideas developing in this scene; take Walmart’s “Smart Box”, for example.

We hope you are enjoying your week, and we hope this newsletter helps you to enjoy it a little more. Have a good one!

Issue #39

Walmart To Test IoT Smart Box’ for Unattended Fresh Grocery Deliveries

Walmart plans to pilot an Internet-of-Things (IoT) “smart box” from startup HomeValet for home delivery of perishable foods.


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Instacart, Others Push Incentives To Get Workers Vaccinated

As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots.


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Gig Workers and Unions Sue in California Supreme Court To Have Prop 22 Overturned

Lawsuit alleges Prop 22 violates the state constitution and limits the powers of legislators to provide labor protections they are authorized to grant.


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Albertsons Pushed To Make Its Grocery Workers "Essential." Now It's Outsourcing Its Jobs

When COVID-19 pushed grocery stores onto the "front line" of the war against the pandemic, Albertsons, the nation's second-largest supermarket chain, sought to have their employees designated as "essential workers."


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Amazon-Backed Deliveroo Is Now Worth $7 Billion. An IPO Is on the Menu

A British food-delivery company backed by Amazon.com is worth more than $7 billion after the completion of a new funding round.


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Hy-Vee, Other Twin Cities Supermarkets Add Incentives To Keep New E-Commerce Customers

Hy-Vee saw its grocery delivery and curbside pickup business quadruple in 2020.


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Uber Launches Grocery Delivery Service in Hudson County

Uber is launching a grocery delivery service in the greater Hudson County area Monday, company officials announced.


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Woodman's, Instacart Launch Grocery Delivery from Chicago Stores

Woodman's is now offering same-day delivery of groceries and alcohol to Chicagoland area customers in as fast as an hour.


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Del Monte's Mann Packing Opens 130,000-Square-Foot Produce Processing Plant

Joining a lineup of California facilities in Salinas, Chualar, Delhi, and one in Yuma, Arizona, the new fifth facility will allow Mann Packing to grow its business, elevate its existing operations and provide an innovative new space to help the brand continue to meet consumer needs.


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6 Stages Grocers Can Follow To Level Up in Online Fulfillment

As the pressure to make online orders profitable grows, companies need to determine where their e-commerce operations fall along a maturity curve that progresses from stores to dedicated facilities.


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Pandemic Expanded Online Grocery Shopping and Delivery, but Experts Say In-Store Customers Will Be Back

Online orders and delivery from Canada's major grocers have gone from novel to normal since the pandemic began, accelerating a move to e-shopping that was already underway.


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Bringing Sustainability and Innovation to the Grocery Store Supply Chain

In the grocery industry, as in so many others, sustainability is an increasingly important topic of conversation. As an organization that is passionate about people and the planet, KeHE Distributors is driving toward a better future for our partners through sustainability initiatives and our hard-working supply chain.


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Protocols in Place as FreshSpoke Moves Forward During Lockdown

FreshSpoke provides grocery delivery to access food safely in Ontario as provincial state of emergency orders to stay at home begin.


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Why 2021 Could Be a Defining Year for Food Delivery App talabat

CEO Tomaso Rodriguez discusses the year that reshaped the world and his aspirations moving forward.


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India's Reliance To Embed E-Commerce App into WhatsApp Within Six Months

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries plans to embed its e-commerce app JioMart into WhatsApp within six months as the Indian conglomerate looks to ramp up its retail and grocery business in the country.


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Grocery Delivery App Weezy Raises $20m for London Expansion

Grocery delivery platform Weezy has raised $20m (£14.6m) to fund its expansion in London and across the UK as it cashes in on bumper demand during the pandemic.


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Modern Milkman Secures £5 Million Series A Investment from ETF Partners

ETF Partners (The Environmental Technologies Fund) today announces a £5m investment in The Modern Milkman (TMM), a fast-growth UK startup committed to building a more convenient and sustainable approach to grocery shopping.


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Grocery Delivery Is Booming in Berlin, Thanks to Corona

The grocery sector hasn't exactly been in a hurry to adopt e-commerce. While Germans have been ordering clothing online for years, most still prefer to push a shopping trolley along supermarket aisles.


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