Grocery Delivery Digest

April 13, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

A handful of very interesting concepts have come out of this week! Maybe you have heard of them before, but Fridge No More has brought the 15 minute delivery challenge to the United States! Also based out of New York, URB-E takes bike delivery to the next level. I am left wondering, how replicable would these concepts be outside of a city like New York? Texas A&M has partnered with H-E-B down south to have on-campus delivery for students.

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Issue #51

Fridge No More Is Putting 15-Minute Delivery to the Test in the US

In contrast to other convenience-focused delivery outfits, the New York City startup is focused on offering ultrafast delivery of a full grocery assortment.


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Mercato Raises $26M Series A To Help Smaller Grocers Compete Online

After helping grow its merchant sales by 1,300% in 2020, Mercato has now closed on $26 million in Series A funding.


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H-E-B Teams Up With Texas A&M University

The Texas grocer has debuted a new partnership with the school, called Campus+, that opens the door for customers to receive grocery deliveries on campus.


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URB-E Looks To Electric Bicycles To Make Grocery Delivery More Efficient

The company's fleet tows cargo carts holding up to 800 pounds through the streets of New York City and Pasadena, California, and has more cities in its sights.


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Instacart, DoorDash Plan To Launch Credit Cards

U.S. grocery delivery app Instacart Inc and food delivery firm DoorDash Inc are planning to launch their own credit cards, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.


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Instacart Data Dive Finds Changing Grocery Habits

Analysis of users on its platform shows many altered their buying habits, choosing e-commerce grocery.


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Ocado Reimagines Grocery Retail with Robotic Disruption

Ocado is buying San Francisco-based Kindred Systems for US$262 million and Las Vegas-based robotic arm designer Haddington Dynamics for US$25 million – two acquisitions to boost “robotic manipulation capabilities”.


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SoftBank Buys 40% Share in AutoStore, Plans To “Aggressively Expand” Firm into New Markets

Robotic storage and fulfillment technology provider AutoStore gained a powerful new financial backer yesterday, announcing that the Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. had paid $2.8 billion to buy a 40% stake in the company and plans to help the company “aggressively expand” into new markets.


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Are Skyscraper Warehouses the Key to Urban Grocery Fulfillment?

Urbx Logistics wants to build vertically. The Boston-based robotics startup (aren’t they all?) is planning to build an automated grocery store that stretches 150 feet in the air but can squeeze into as little as 1,800 square feet of space.


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Good & Fugly Aiming To Reduce Waste with New Fresh Produce Box Delivery Service

Good & Fugly takes wonky, quirky, and misshaped fruit and vegetables and delivers curated seasonal boxes fresh to consumers' doors.


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Front Door Produce Launches Delivery Service of Farm Fresh Products Straight to Every Home

Healthier options are now made available right at each doorstep through Front Door Produce’s home delivery service.


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Fixing the ‘Broken Economics’ of Grocery Delivery

Findings indicated that “online grocery penetration could as much as double in select markets” by 2025, though online grocers would “need to find a much more rapid fix for the broken economics of the channel.”


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'It's Complicated' Podcast: How the Pandemic Helps a Logistics Firm Bag More Grocery Business

Because of the sharp uptick in e-commerce, retailers are increasingly using automation to fill online orders more efficiently, Vaid said.


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Retailers Are Launching Membership Programs To Compete with Amazon Prime

Memberships are starting to replace loyalty programs, as retailers look for more lucrative ways to squeeze recurring revenue out of their existing customers.


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Carrefour, Deliveroo Bring 30-Minute Grocery Delivery to France

Carrefour and Deliveroo have expanded their partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery in France, the French retailer announced in a press release.


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Norway’s Kolonial Rebrands as Oda, Bags $265M on a $900M Valuation To Grow Its Online Grocery Delivery Business in Europe

Food delivery startups, and specifically those focused on grocery delivery, continue to reap super-sized rounds of funding in Europe, buoyed by a year of pandemic living that has led many consumers to shift to shopping online. Today, the latest of these is coming out of Norway.


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Online Grocery Weee's Larry Liu on Delivering in a Pandemic

Virtual grocery shopping became more popular during the pandemic lockdowns, and Weee, a startup focused on Asian grocery delivery, was no exception.


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Run Out of Milk? Robots on Call for Singapore Home Deliveries

Hoping to capitalize on a surge in demand for home deliveries, a Singapore technology company has deployed a pair of robots to bring residents their groceries in one part of the city state.


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