Grocery Delivery Digest

February 2, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

This week Walmart announced that they will be opening a number of fulfillment centers as delivery demand increases. Otherwise, companies like Sunbasket, Farmstead and Mercato are making some interesting moves in their grocery delivery operations.

We hope your week is off to a good start! When you find the time, sit back, relax, grab some coffee, and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest.

Issue #41

Walmart To Build Local Fulfillment Centers at Dozens of Stores

Following a two-year pilot, Walmart plans to add micro-fulfillment centers to more of its stores through partnerships with three automation technology providers.


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Online Grocer Farmstead Opens Waitlist Ahead of Miami Expansion

California-based online grocer Farmstead is coming to Miami, and has opened a waitlist for those interested in being among the first to try its app-based free delivery services.


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Sunbasket Evolves into Full-Service Health-Forward Food Delivery Company

Sunbasket today announced its reimagined identity as a full-service food delivery company, empowering every consumer to lead a healthy lifestyle.


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Citarella Taps Mercato for Grocery Delivery

Citarella has chosen e-commerce platform Mercato to provide online ordering and delivery for the famous New York City gourmet food purveyor.


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Zero, a Plastic-Free Grocery-Delivery Startup, To Launch in LA

Plastic-free grocery-delivery startup Zero is gearing up to launch in Los Angeles on February 10, after solely operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zero works directly with suppliers to sell food and other household items in jars, boxes and other types of sustainable packaging, and offers next-day delivery.


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Giant’s Matt Simon Sees New Choice Pass Program as Springboard

Matt Simon, chief marketing officer at Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant, said Choice Pass makes it easier for Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct e-commerce customers to place online orders for pickup or delivery.


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Instacart Survived Covid Chaos — But Can It Keep Delivering After the Pandemic?

Apoorva Mehta pauses for a moment to consider the past ten months of chaos. A year ago, he was running Instacart as a popular app that was gaining momentum. Then last spring came a massive Covid-fueled boost.


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Driverless Delivery Company Starship Secures $17M in New Funding

Food delivery robot startup Starship Technologies secured $17 million in new funding and is expanding its fleet to two more university campuses — the University of California-Los Angeles and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts — the company announced in a blog post Wednesday.


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Starship Delivery Robots Complete One Million Deliveries To Become #2 Autonomous Transport Company

Starship, a U.S./Estonian company which provides urgent delivery via small self-driving robots on sidewalks, announced today it has completed over one million robotic deliveries (and 1.5 million unmanned miles) to paying customers.


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Surging Demand for Grocery Delivery Shrinks Available Cold Storage Space

Late last year, Dedeaux Properties sold a four-building cold storage and food processing portfolio in the LA area totaling 290K SF for $87M.


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After the Pandemic, the Future of Grocery Delivery: 5 Predictions

The need for groceries has exploded as people stock up out of fear of exposure, shortages, and the elimination of the “night-out” at a restaurant.


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How To Develop On-Demand Delivery App for Your Business

Because of an unexpected boost in demand for everyday services and essentials, on-demand delivery apps have seen notable growth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The 5-Minute Shopping Spree. How Robots Are Turbo-Charging Your Online Orders

Its robotic, automated warehouse is the only one of its kind in Canada, and it's the launching pad for automated online grocery home delivery across the greater Toronto area.


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Loblaws Launches Grocery Delivery Service with Reusable Containers in Toronto

It’s official. Loop, the global reuse platform has finally launched in Canada with Loblaw Companies Ltd. rolling out its reusable containers for customers looking to shop sustainably.


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Conektr - Disrupting FMCG Distribution

Online grocery purchase in the UAE is growing at a phenomenal pace, with millions of its residents using web and mobile apps to order their daily needs across vegetables, staples, meat and seafood.


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DropOff.lk Launches Services in Sri Lanka

DropOff.lk, an online grocery store, recently launched their services to cater to the ever-growing need for home delivery of quality grocery and other household items for the Western Province, primarily Colombo and its suburbs.


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