Grocery Delivery Digest

March 2, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

This week’s news has been a bit lighter than previously, but that does not mean the grocery delivery industry has not been thriving. In fact, reports have come out that grocery delivery numbers surged in the month of January. On top of that, Walmart has dropped the $35 minimum for their “Express Delivery”. What will that mean for overall grocery deliveries in the coming months?

While you try to answer that question, enjoy some of the latest and greatest in the industry! Enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest!

Issue #45

Walmart Nixes $35 Minimum for Express Delivery Orders

With more customers making grocery and other purchases online, Walmart aims to make it easier for them to get their orders faster.


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Foxtrot Market Opens First Store in Washington, DC

Foxtrot Market on Monday opened the first of two new locations in Washington, D.C., the upscale convenience store chain announced in a press release. The store's opening in the Georgetown neighborhood is set to be followed by a location near the city’s convention center on March 22.


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Walgreens Goes National with Instacart Delivery

Walgreens has launched Instacart same-day delivery in Illinois as a springboard to bring the service to nearly 8,000 stores over the coming weeks.


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Schnucks Partners with DoorDash for Prepared Food Deliveries

Schnuck Markets is rolling out prepared food delivery through a partnership with restaurant delivery service DoorDash.


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Save Mart Launches Robot Grocery Delivery

The Save Mart Cos. has stepped into the robot grocery delivery game. Recently, the retailer announced a new partnership with Starship Technologies to launch its new on-demand grocery robot delivery service at its flagship store in Modesto, California.


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Instacart Is Moving Beyond the Grocery Store

Instacart started as a grocery delivery service. But it's increasingly moving into delivering office supplies, sporting goods, televisions, makeup and drug store essentials.


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Walmart on Global Omnichannel Delivery

Nicholas Cogan and Matt Waller, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, discuss last-mile delivery and omnichannel retailing from a global perspective.


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Local Vegetables Might Be Coming to Your Mailbox Soon

Imagine if your week's supply of vegetables came with the mail. This could happen if a new market analysis by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) comes to fruition.


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Virginians Using SNAP Can Now Receive Food Lion Online Grocery Delivery, Pick-Up Services

Virginians using SNAP can now use their benefits to receive online grocery delivery and pickup for Food Lion via Instacart — a grocery shopping service.


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Grocery Deliverers Can Turn Their Gig into a Business with the Dumpling App

Grocery delivery startup Dumpling is taking on Instacart and Shipt — and the whole gig economy — by offering grocery delivery drivers an entirely new moneymaking model.


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Satisfaction Nosedives for Online Grocery Services in January Even As Sales Surge

Customer satisfaction with online grocery services plunged in January even as orders for pickup and delivery rose markedly, according to data released Monday by Brick Meets Click and Mercatus.


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In 2021, Online Grocery Sales Will Surpass $100 Billion

The growth of the online category accelerated beyond our previous expectations in 2020. Amid the pandemic, tens of millions of US consumers became online grocery buyers for the first time, according to our latest forecast on US grocery sales. In 2021, this behavior will go from trial to habit for many shoppers.


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Micro Fulfilment Is the 2021 Supply Chain Strategy To Watch

As retailers spar to offer a better online shopping experience, micro fulfillment technology could deliver a faster service for customers while boosting profits for retailers.


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Change Packaging To Meet Grocery Delivery Demand

Food manufacturers may have to adapt their packaging to meet the requirements of grocery delivery due to COVID-19.


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The New Face of AgTech

As the whole industry knows, the world is changing. Now even fast than ever, as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. But the dream for Marketbuy as a modernised vision and catalyst for industry change proves how the industry can adapt to a quickly shifting landscape is now a reality.


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Plastic-Free Fruit and Veg Delivery Business Sees Subscriptions Soar

Family-run Fruutbox launched in the spring of 2020, in the midst of the first lockdown and well ahead of their previous planned “live” date in the summer. Since then, the plastic-free fruit and veg box delivery scheme has grown in popularity and reach.


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Britain's Ocado Turns to Electric and Pedal Power for Zoom Service

Ocado Zoom, the rapid grocery delivery service owned by British online grocer Ocado Retail, has launched a trial of electric, electric assisted and pedal-powered vehicles as part of a target to become net zero carbon emissions by 2035.


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IGA Teams with DoorDash in Grocery Delivery

Independent supermarket network IGA has partnered with DoorDash to provide a groceries-on-demand service from more than 100 stores.


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FoodPanda Hot on Untapped Food Delivery Potential, Cold on Need To Be 'Super App'

FoodPanda believes there still are inroads to be made in the food delivery market, which potential remains largely untapped across Asia-Pacific. It hopes to do so not by building a "super app" like several of its contemporaries are doing, but by using technology to diversify services with "strategic" synergies.


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