Grocery Delivery Digest

February 23, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

The word is out! The Giant Company is jumping on the EFC bandwagon along with other major grocers like H-E-B and Kroger! What changes this will make to the grocery industry will be interesting to watch. Otherwise, there are a couple articles that discuss the recent SNAP trend. Food Lion expanded their program recently, following the lead of Aldi and H-E-B.

We hope your week is off to a great start! Stay warm and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest.

Issue #44

The Giant Company Taps Swisslog To Automate E-Commerce Fulfillment Center

Ahold Delhaize USA’s The Giant Company supermarket chain and Peapod Digital Labs subsidiary have partnered with robotics solution provider Swisslog to automate the new Giant Direct e-commerce fulfillment center (EFC) in Philadelphia.


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Walmart Says Its Automated Supply Chain Is 'Ready To Scale'

Walmart plans to invest heavily over the next year in a more automated e-commerce fulfillment environment, according to executive comments at the company's Investment Community Meeting on Thursday and capital expenditures guidance in its earnings release.


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What Amazon Was in 2005, Shipt And Instacart May Be in 2021

All of a sudden 2021 feels a lot like 2005 all over again. In the last few weeks, both Instacart and Shipt have struck new deals that call to mind the salad days of another company that needs no introduction: Amazon.


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Grocery Delivery Service Continues as Crews Work To Clear Roads

Instacart, a service that offers same-day grocery delivery from stores including Kroger, Target, The Fresh Market, Family Dollar, Big Lots and others, is continuing service during the winter weather.


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Foxtrot Market Raises $42M as It Looks To Double Store Fleet

Foxtrot Market has closed a $42 million Series B round of fundraising from a group of investors led by food tech investment firm Almanac Insights and Monogram Capital Partners, which has put money into companies like Chewy.com, Oatly and Vive Organic.


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Increased Delivery, Pickup Use Hoists U.S. Online Grocery Sales

Fueled by a surge in delivery and pickup purchases, U.S. online grocery sales shot back up in January after declining from an early summer peak, according to the Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey.


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SNAP Online Availability Is About To Explode. But Grocers Say They Still Face Too Many Hurdles.

For over a year, Walmart and Amazon have dominated SNAP online purchasing, expanding the offering from New York in April 2019 to now nearly every state. But that is poised to change as hundreds of grocers this year look to allow shoppers to pay for online orders with their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.


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Improving SNAP E-Commerce Functionality Takes Priority as More Grocers Chase EBT Dollars

Companies are trying to solve the headaches SNAP recipients face when shopping virtually, from confusing websites to limited payment options.​


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Walmart, Kroger and Other Retailers Continue to Innovate

Walmart is tapping automation to help its store fleet handle last-mile grocery delivery, adding local fulfillment centers (LFCs) that will turn parts of them into mini warehouses and speed up fulfillment for local customers.


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How Home Deliveries Change the E-Commerce Shopping Experience in 2021

The pandemic has presented some of the biggest challenges of our time, but it has also spawned innovation in the world of e-commerce and transportation. Here’s what you can expect to see more of in 2021.


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Following Changing Patterns in In-Store Foot Traffic During the Pandemic

The grocery retail industry, like all businesses, has experienced a sea change during the pandemic — although unlike many other retail segments, supermarkets were never forced to close over the last 11 months. As essential businesses, they continued to provide food and necessities to American shoppers, though the patterns of how consumers did their grocery shopping changed dramatically and probably for the long term.


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'Part of the Family': Strangers Shelter Stranded Delivery Driver for Days During Texas Winter Storms

A great story about how in the midst of difficulties, service lended a hand to bring people together.


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How Grocery Delivery Firm Weezy Plans To Take Localism National

Since its launch, Weezy has ridden the pandemic-driven wave of online home delivery growth. They speak to Retail Week about how they plan to harness the rise of localism to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.


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Russia's Yandex To Spend $400-500 Million on E-Commerce in 2021 After Profit Rise

Russia’s Yandex, which on Tuesday reported a 2% rise in 2020 net profit, plans to spend $400 million-$500 million on an e-commerce push this year to help annual revenue reach 305-320 billion roubles ($4.1-4.3 billion), its finance chief said.


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Tencent Raises $8.3 Billion with Its Biggest Ever Loan

Tencent Holdings Ltd., the creator of the messaging platform WeChat, has raised $8.3 billion in the biggest offshore syndicated loan in Asia for a Chinese firm since 2016.


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Chinese Grocery App Xingsheng Youxuan Raises $2B in New Funding Round

Chinese community grocery shopping app Xingsheng Youxuan has raised about $2 billion in a new funding round that values the company at $6 billion prior to the fresh capital injection, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


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Tata Group Reaches Agreement To Buy Majority Stake in BigBasket

Indian conglomerate Tata Group has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in grocery delivery startup BigBasket, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch.


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