Grocery Delivery Digest

March 16, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Not gonna lie … there was not too much to report in grocery delivery this week. That said, there could be some big news in the making regarding whether Instacart will go public or not. They started pulling the trigger on some new executive hires that make it look an awful lot like they are leaning in the IPO direction. Stay posted; we’ll keep you informed.

Hopefully your week is off to a great start! Have a fantastic day, and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest!

Issue #47

After Banner Year, Good Eggs Plans 2021 SoCal Expansion

Over the last year, Bay Area online grocer Good Eggs has experienced impressive growth, nearly doubling its customer base and achieving a nine-figure revenue.


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Ahold CFO Aims To Make Online Sales a Larger Part of Its Revenues

The finance chief of the owner of Peapod, Stop & Shop and Food Lion plans to keep investing in new distribution channels and technology so that online shopping will become a larger part of the grocer’s overall revenue.


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Instacart Poaches Uber Eats' Head of Product

Daniel Danker, head of product at Uber Eats, said on Twitter Monday that he is joining Instacart as vice president of shopper and fulfillment.


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Instacart Adds Slootman to Board; Signaling It May Go Public

Instacart Inc. appointed Snowflake Inc. Chief Executive Officer Frank Slootman to its board of directors, another sign the grocery delivery startup is getting serious about going public.


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Is Instacart Headed To Be America's Top Grocer?

"With an IPO almost guaranteed this year, I wanted to look back at how Instacart has gone from niche to necessity and question whether it can maintain this dominant position in a highly competitive, highly sought-after market post-COVID."


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Grocer Box Partners with Eataly Toronto To Help Scale Its E-Commerce and Delivery Platform

Grocer Box, a service specialized in building custom designed and branded online stores for independent grocers, integrated with city-wide delivery and marketing management, is announcing its partnership with Eataly Toronto, the Canadian flagship of the immersive Italian marketplace.


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Grocery Delivery Start-Up Bother Secures £4.4M in Investor Funding

Using AI technology, the Bother Brain™ pre-empts the quantities a customer needs and how frequently. Bother then delivers boxes with a free next day service, no substitutions and no need to book a delivery slot.


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Berlin-Based 10-Minute Grocery Delivery Service Gorillas Lands in London

Gorillas has spent several months expanding rapidly across Germany.


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Rakuten To Raise $2.2 Billion as Japan Post, Tencent Invest

Rakuten Inc. plans to raise 242 billion yen ($2.2 billion) by selling shares to investors including Tencent Holdings Ltd., Walmart Inc. and Japan Post Holdings Co., bankrolling expansions into AI, finance and mobile.


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Competition in E-Grocery Heats Up with Tata’s Entry

The entry of conglomerates such as Tata Sons Ltd and Reliance Retail Ltd and e-commerce majors sharpening focus on India’s burgeoning e-grocery sector is creating a multi-player field catering to different customer segments with unique business models beyond the large cities.


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Is Last Mile Delivery a Problem for Grocery Stores?

As restaurants have struggled during the pandemic, more people are eating at home. That, of course, boosts grocery-anchored retail. Branch Properties, which has been in the grocery-anchored retail space for 43 years, has seen sales growth across its stores during the pandemic.


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