Grocery Delivery Digest

May 11, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Another interesting week for grocery delivery! Not too much news, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some solid quality. In fact, there is! A partnership between Uber and GoPuff has emerged. GoPuff is also looking to expand into UK with its acquisition of Fancy! Not a bad week for GoPuff. We’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on Uber for what they continue to do in the grocery space. Is this partnership the beginning of a new, predominant focus for them?

We hope the week is off to a good start for you! Enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest.

Issue #55

Uber Taps SoftBank-Backed GoPuff To Expand Grocery Delivery

Uber Technologies Inc. will vastly expand grocery delivery in the U.S. this summer through a partnership with GoPuff, a fast-growing delivery startup and the owner of the liquor store chain BevMo!, the companies plan to announce Tuesday.


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Gopuff Jumpstarts International Expansion with Acquisition of UK-Based Fancy

Gopuff, the go-to platform for consumers’ immediate everyday needs, today announced that it has acquired Fancy, a last-mile delivery platform that gets consumers their groceries and daily essentials in 30 minutes.


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FreshDirect Co-Founder and CEO Steps Down

FreshDirect co-founder and CEO David McInerney has stepped down from the top post at the online grocer, effective Wednesday, parent company Ahold Delhaize announced in a press release.


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HelloFresh Adds 1M US Customers in Q1

Meal kit supplier HelloFresh added more than 1 million active customers in the United States during the first quarter of 2021 compared with the final quarter of last year, the company announced on Tuesday.


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HelloFresh To Open Largest-Ever Facility

The nearly 440,000-square-foot facility will become the company’s largest-ever shipping and fulfillment center, supporting rising demand for its meal kits and enabling HelloFresh to better serve new and existing West Coast customers.


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Could Grocery Delivery Boxes Become the Next Major Home Appliance?

John Simms, founder and CEO of HomeValet, talks about his company's pilot with Walmart and why he thinks delivery containers will one day be as common as a dishwasher or oven.


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Ryan Companies, Kroger and the Future of Grocery Shopping

Grocers have embraced this change, boosting their online ordering capabilities. But one grocer in particular, Kroger, has made an even bigger move toward automation.


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Robomart, Planning a Baltimore Presence, Says ‘Hail a Store’ Retail Offers a New Way To Shop

Consumers today either go to the store or order deliveries online. Now, a California startup with Baltimore expansion plans envisions another choice, on-demand mobile stores that consumers hail like Uber rides.


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Jacksons and ExtraMile by Jacksons Now Available for Same-Day Delivery via Instacart

Jacksons and ExtraMile by Jacksons convenience stores will now offer same-day delivery via Instacart to customers across their network of more than 260 locations.


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Waitrose Rapid Service To Close at the End of May, as Grocer Focuses on Deliveroo Partnership

Waitrose will close the same day grocery delivery service it runs itself, and will instead concentrate on Deliveroo getting orders to customers quickly.


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Zomato May Invest $100 Million in Grofers as E-Grocer Shelves US IPO Plan

Food delivery app Zomato is in talks to invest around $100 million in e-grocer Grofers, two people in the know told ET, after discussions of a possible merger between the two fell through last year at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Despite E-Commerce Momentum, In-Store Shopping Reigns Supreme

A recent poll by Survey Monkey found that 86% of adults in the U.S. want to buy groceries themselves at the store.


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