Grocery Delivery Digest

June 1, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. This was a big week for Instacart as they announced the opening of “Priority Delivery”. This will throw Instacart into the pool of fast grocery delivery providers along with Fridge No More and Gorillas. The methods of delivery also continue to become more innovative. Showcasing this trend is Volvo who announced their work with Albertsons to deliver groceries via zero-emission delivery trucks. As this expands, will it set precedent for other delivery vehicles down the road?

There’s a lot of very good material this week. We hope you enjoy this issue of your Delivery Digest!

Issue #58

Instacart Launches "Priority Delivery" & Introduces 30-Minute Grocery Delivery

Company Rolls Out 30-Minute Grocery Delivery in 15 of the Largest Cities in the U.S. Across Dozens of Retailers Including Ralphs, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market and Stater Bros.


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Flytrex Expands Drone Deliveries for Walmart, Local Retailers in North Carolina

Flytrex is expanding its drone delivery program in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after getting approved for a Federal Aviation Administration permit to fly over people, the company announced in an emailed press release this week.


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Volvo Trucks’ Customer Albertsons Achieves Nation’s First Commercial 100% Zero-Emission Refrigerated Grocery Delivery

The VNR Electric models from Volvo Trucks North America are the first zero tailpipe emission, battery-electric Class 8 trucks to be deployed in Albertsons Cos. company-wide fleet, and will be serving Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions stores in Southern California.


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For DoorDash and Uber Eats, the Future Is Everything in About an Hour

DoorDash Inc.’s and Uber Eats’ ambitions are bigger than your lunch. They are after a whole new category of logistics and are increasingly billing their specialty not as food but as speed and convenience.


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Why ‘Instant Delivery’ Online Grocery Apps Are Booming

Bearing one-word names like Getir, Gorillas, Dija, Weezy, Zapp, Fancy, Jiffy and Beelivery (all real app names), the rapid grocery apps have attracted more than £5 billion of funding in this year alone, with investors in London and Silicon Valley betting big on the sector’s future.


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Name That Tune: The ‘Unsustainable’ Grocery Delivery Wars

The promise of home delivery in just 15 minutes is the latest bid to win the “grocery wars,” according to recent industry trade press. There is the occasional need for speedy delivery. Just how speedy is necessary, how frequently is it needed, and how much are consumers willing to pay for it?


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5 Strategies To Give Grocery Stores a Leg Up on Delivery Apps

Here’s what you need to know to create a more convenient and enticing in-store grocery trip to get a leg up on delivery apps and maximize the customer experience.


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Plant-Based Products Grow Steadily in the Grocery Retail Market

The popularization of plant-based cuisine in the mainstream consciousness of North American diets has been growing steadily over the past few years, as chefs and consumers alike have turned their attention to the virtues of going green.


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Tesco Wades into On-Demand Grocery War with One-Hour Whoosh Service

Tesco has launched a new rapid delivery service as it lays down the gauntlet to on-demand grocery rivals like Deliveroo.


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Buymie Announces Plans To Introduce Same Day Grocery Delivery Service in Galway and Limerick

Buymie, Ireland's same-day grocery delivery provider, has announced its plans to offer grocery deliveries and full personal shopping services to over 190,000 Galway and Limerick residents on Monday, 31 May.


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Bolt Is Entering the Bustling Dark Store Business

Bolt is throwing its hat in the ring in the increasingly crowded field for dark stores for food and grocery deliveries.


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Tata Group Acquires Majority Stake in BigBasket To Cement Play in Groceries

After Tata Sons announced the acquisition of BigBasket on Friday, the e-grocery player’s co-founder and Chief Executive (CEO), Hari Menon, said it is going to be business as usual at the company.


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