Grocery Delivery Digest

May 18, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

It’s an interesting week for grocery delivery! But instead of looking here in the United States, let’s take a glance over to Germany. Why? Because three top grocery delivery companies are competing aggressively in its prime market. The big news from this week is that Delivery Hero is returning to Berlin. This places them in the middle of the competition between Uber Eats and the dominant Just Eat Takeaway.com. Who will take the gold? We’ll have to see.

We hope your week is off to a strong start! Keep up the good work, and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest.

Issue #56

Target Offers Same-Day Delivery and Pickup of Adult Beverages

Target is expanding its same-day pickup and delivery services to include adult beverages, the Minneapolis-based mass retailer announced Monday.


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Walmart’s Flipkart To Raise $1 Billion as It Eyes Going Public in US

India’s Flipkart is out to raise at least $1 billion as it looks at launching an initial public offering (IPO) of stock in the U.S. Sources told the Economic Times of India that the round of funding for Flipkart, which is majority owned by Walmart, could rise as high as $2 billion.


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Farmstead Brings AI-Enabled Inventory and DoorDash Delivery to Mid-Market Grocers

Partnerships with third-party services such as Instacart and Mercato can help these grocers digitize their offerings, but inventory and pricing challenges remain.


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Ethnic E-Grocer Weee! Hires Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Veteran Guillaume McIntyre

Weee!, the largest and fastest growing ethnic e-grocer in the United States, today announced that Guillaume McIntyre has joined as Vice President of Marketing to accelerate customer adoption and engage the broader Asian and Hispanic communities with state-of-the-art personalization and social commerce features.


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Does Grocery Delivery Need Its Own Social Media Platform? This S.F. Startup Is Betting Yes.

"It's like Instagram meets Whole Foods in a way,” says Jupiter CEO Chad Munroe.


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CVS, Rite Aid Up the Ante in Same-Day Delivery

With the pandemic pulling many Americans into the online shopping realm, drugstore chains CVS Pharmacy and Rite Aid are serving up more same-day delivery options.


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Leading with Technology for Fast Fulfillment

Online grocery service shows what it takes to build a fully automated robotic fulfillment system from the ground up—and become a technology-driven company in the process.


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How Retailers Can Get Started with Micro-Fulfillment as a Solution (MaaS)

Surging e-commerce sales appear to be accelerating demand for logistics automation as retailers adjust their business models to adapt to changing economic conditions and consumer behavior.


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Tech Giants Burn Cash on Grocery Delivery, but at What Expense?

As new COVID-19 cases decline in the U.S. and life begins to look more normal, one big question remains for the $1.4 trillion grocery industry: Is delivery here to stay?


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Why Convenience Stores May Be a Major Threat to the QSR Industry

With 7-Eleven gearing up to open nearly 150 restaurant-infused locations in 2021, the foodservice franchising space has some formidable new competition.


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Seattle’s COVID-19 Rules Have Paid Off for Delivery-App Drivers. What’s Next?

Seattle was the first city in the country to pass laws mandating premium pay and sick days for delivery-app drivers during the pandemic, and those laws are still intact a year later in a sector supercharged by the COVID-19 crisis.


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The “Good Eggs” of Good Eggs — a Conversation with Good Eggs CEO Bentley Hall

Bentley shared his story, had some great insights about the grocery industry as a whole, and also shared exciting details about Good Eggs, including their goals and values.


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Iceland Expands Uber Eats Trial Beyond London

The trial has quietly grown to 20 stores, taking it as far beyond London as Letchworth in Hertfordshire and Colchester in Essex.


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Apps That Promise Grocery Deliveries in 10 Minutes Invade Europe as Shopping Shifts Online

A new crop of start-ups in Europe are offering to deliver people’s groceries in just 10 minutes, fueled by venture capitalists and an acceleration of online commerce during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Just Eat Takeaway Launches Grocery Delivery in Germany

Just Eat Takeaway.com , Europe’s largest food ordering and delivery company, said on Wednesday it would launch a supermarket delivery service in Germany and is considering doing the same in other markets.


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Delivery Hero To Launch Operations in Berlin and Expand Across Germany Later This Year

Delivery Hero will bring its mission to deliver anything locally to the streets of Berlin, soft-launching this summer before expanding to other cities in Germany by the end of the year.


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Delivery Hero, Uber Eats Take On Just Eat Takeaway.com’s ‘Monopolistic’ German Lead

In Germany, the food delivery space is growing more competitive. Weeks after the Financial Times reported that Uber Eats is launching in the “strategically important country,” placing its service in competition with Netherlands-based delivery service Just Eat Takeaway.com’s “monopolistic” lead in the country, Berlin-based delivery service Delivery Hero told Reuters that it was relaunching in Germany.


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Watch Out Uber and Just Eat, Delivery Hero Has Its Sights on the Lucrative German Market

Delivery Hero on Wednesday announced plans to re-enter its fiercely competitive home market of Germany next month, two years after it sold its operations in the country to Dutch rival Just Eat Takeaway.com


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First Saudi Tech Startup That Could Go Public Picks HSBC for IPO

Saudi food delivery firm Jahez has hired HSBC Holdings Plc’s local unit to help manage what could be the first listing by a tech startup in the kingdom.


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Food and Grocery Delivery App Downloads ‘Grew 33% Globally During Pandemic’

The global pandemic sparked a huge rise in food and delivery apps across the world with over half a billion new downloads since March 2020, according to new research.


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Why Tech Investors Want To Pay for Your Groceries

One of the few reassuring elements of normality throughout lockdown — in some places, at least — has been popping to the supermarket for a pint of milk, a fresh loaf and some ripe avocados. But at just the moment when millions of vaccinated consumers are rushing back to the shops in Europe, the UK and US, tech investors would much rather you stayed home.


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Is the Frenzied On-Demand Grocery Delivery Boom Really Sustainable?

Everybody knows of Deliveroo and Uber Eats but what about Getir, Gorillas, Asap, Dija, Zapp, Jiffy, Weezy and Snappy? This is the incredible number of grocery delivery services that have mushroomed up in the UK over recent months.


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