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Grocery Delivery Digest

April 6, 2021

Peter Cook, Publisher

Grocery is becoming the cross-section between a number of different industries. At least 60 Walmart Supermarkets will have Saladworks restaurants in them by the end of 2021; Instacart continues to develop their home goods delivery, partnering with Michael’s. At the same time, automated micro-fulfillment centers continue to spread throughout the U.S.

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Albertsons, Google Eye Easier Grocery Shopping in Major Partnership

Albertsons Cos. has entered a sweeping partnership with online technology and services giant Google to create a more interactive and convenient shopping experience.

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Walmart Teams Up with Saladworks on Foodservice

Walmart is opening as many as 60 Saladworks kitchens and eateries in its U.S. stores.

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H Mart To Open Automated Micro-Fulfillment Center

H Mart plans to use automated micro-fulfillment technology to ramp up its online grocery operations at a warehouse in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

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Food Delivery Services Aim To Expand to ‘Everyday Goods’

On Wednesday (March 31), arts and crafts retailer Michaels announced a partnership with Instacart to pilot test same-day craft supply delivery.

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Instacart Lawsuit over Seattle's Delivery Driver Hazard Pay Mandate Can Proceed

A lawsuit by Instacart and the Washington Food Industry Association (WFIA) seeking to overturn Seattle's requirement that delivery drivers receive extra pay during the pandemic has received clearance to proceed from a King County Superior Court judge.

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Kroger To ‘Lead with Fresh, Accelerate with Digital’ in 2021

The Kroger Co. detailed this year’s strategic growth plan — led by fresh foods and digital — at its virtual 2021 Investor Day conference.

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Swisslog Unveils Live Virtual Experience To Show Users Automated Micro-Fulfillment Center in Action

Swisslog, leading provider of best-in-class warehouse automation and software, has developed a live virtual experience that illustrates exactly how an automated micro-fulfillment center works to fulfill ecommerce orders.

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Serious About Competing Online? How To Pick the Best Digital Shelf Analytics Vendor

Increased eCommerce adoption created massive opportunities for CPG brands to reach new shoppers across different channels and markets. But it's coupled with big risks: the 'digital shelf' is highly dynamic, changing at incredible speed and so requires a whole new set of skills to manage, measure and optimize it.

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Is Hyperlocal Product Sourcing a Real Opportunity for Grocers?

A former Fresh Thyme executive says new technologies may provide solutions to easing the burden of a local-first retail strategy.

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Spain’s Glovo Picks Up $528M As Europe’s Food Delivery Market Continues To Heat Up

Glovo, a startup out of Spain with 10 million users that delivers restaurant take-out, groceries and other items in partnership with brick-and-mortar businesses, has picked up a Series F of $528 million (€450 million).

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Indian Food Delivery Startup Swiggy Gets $800 Million in Funding

Indian food delivery app Swiggy is closing an $800 million funding round from investors including Falcon Edge Capital LP and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer Sriharsha Majety said in a note to employees on Monday.

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UK Insurtech Zego Launches Flexible Cover for Food, Grocery Delivery Businesses

Zego, the London-based insurtech and commercial motor insurance provider, has launched two new flexible insurance products for moped and e-bike fleets in the UK.

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