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Grocery Delivery Digest

June 15, 2021

Peter Cook, Publisher

It was a great week for grocery delivery! There are a number of companies highlighted, but a few that jump off the page are Kroger, Boxed and a couple of interesting companies in North Carolina. Kroger is moving and shaking these days, expanding their Ocado partnership into Florida and showcasing their delivery drone’s inaugural flight. Rouses Market is looking into the drone concept as well. Online grocery market Boxed in now public! and groceries are now being delivered to the office by North Carolina companies QuickCollect Solutions and Lowes Foods. These stories and much more are all here in the newsletter.

We hope your week is off to a solid, fresh start! There’s a lot to get to here, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy your Grocery Delivery Digest. Thank you for your support!

Issue #60

Grocery Retailer Boxed Is Going Public in an $887 Million SPAC Deal

Online grocery shopping is hotter than ever, and Boxed is cashing in: It's going public in an $887 million deal with a special purpose acquisition company.

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Misfits Market Prepares for Texas Debut

Misfits Market is now coming to Dallas on Wednesday, June 16, a company spokesperson wrote in an email. The e-grocer's entry into Dallas will initially create 100 jobs, followed by roughly 300 jobs within the first year and 500 total by the second year.

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Kroger Starts Ocado-Backed Grocery Delivery in Florida

The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, today announced the opening of the Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in Groveland, FL powered by Ocado Group, a world leader in technology for grocery e-commerce.

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Home Chef Names New President

Home Chef, the Kroger-owned meal kit company and prepared foods brand, has promoted Chief Product Officer Erik Jensen to president, according to a news release.

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Kroger Drone Delivers Groceries, History in Inaugural Flight

Dozens of people, including descendants of the Wright brothers, watched a historic flight in the birthplace of aviation.

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Rouses Markets To Deliver with Drones

Rouses Markets is looking to drones to help solve the last-mile delivery challenges many grocers are facing as e-commerce orders increase. The Gulf Coast food retailer has partnered with Deuce Drone for a delivery pilot program this fall with an Aerial Drone Delivery Interface System (ADDIS) at the Rouses on Airport Boulevard in Mobile, Alabama.

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H-E-B Continues Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Expansion

It’s been a busy week for H-E-B. In addition to breaking ground on two massive stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the San Antonio-based grocer has announced a third new store slated to open in the area in spring 2023.

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DoorDash with the Dish on Top Consumer Cravings

The results of DoorDash’s second annual midyear trend report, DoorDash Deep Dish, finds a number of food trends born of the pandemic may be here to stay, including demand for delivery.

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How Walmart Wants To 'Win the Kitchen'

Walmart's investments in omnichannel capabilities and alternative revenue streams give the company strong positioning in an evolving retail environment where consumers demand ever-more flexibility in how they buy and access products and services, Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said at a Baird virtual conference June 9.

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Grocers Aim To Shift Home Delivery to Offices As Consumer Return to Work

Online grocery delivery ordering has surged since the start of the pandemic, as a behavior that may have initially started as a safety measure has since become a habit.

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Two Leading North Carolina Companies Bring Grocery Delivery and Pickup to the Workplace

QuickCollect Solutions, powered by Bell and Howell, the leading provider of grocery pickup solutions, announced today a partnership with Lowes Foods, a major supermarket chain headquartered in the Carolinas, to provide more grocery options to consumers returning to the workplace.

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Amazon, Gopuff Both Seek To Buy Grocery Delivery Firm Flink

Amazon and U.S. delivery company Gopuff, which is backed by SoftBank, are both looking at buying up Germany-based Flink, sources told Bloomberg. Flink has already spurned a bid from Gopuff.

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DoorDash Heads to Japan As Food-Delivery Wars Heat Up

DoorDash announced its official launch in Japan on Wednesday, marking the U.S. food-delivery company’s first market expansion in Asia and its third outside its home country, after Australia and Canada.

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Pakistan’s GrocerApp Scores $5.2M in Series-A Funding

Pakistan’s online grocery delivery platform, GrocerApp, has successfully raised $5.2 million in a Series-A round from local and global institutional and angel investors.

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AirAsia Steps into the Online Grocery Delivery Ring in Singapore

AirAsia announced today that it is entering the competitive grocery-delivery market in Singapore. The AirAsia app called for interested fresh produce and grocery merchants throughout the city-state to join its ecommerce delivery platform.

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How Much Is Too Much When Investing in Grocery Delivery?

As far as grocery delivery goes, there’s also a long experience curve whereby VCs can feel they’re on firmer footing while deploying those billions of euros.

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What Shopper Loyalty to Instacart Could Mean for Grocery E-Commerce

What the stats don’t reveal, says Stor.ai, is the number of grocers hemorrhaging customer loyalty from their banners to the Instacart brand.

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'The Right to Laziness' - the Rise of On-Demand Grocery Deliveries

Companies are springing up all over the UK promising to deliver whatever you want in as little as 10 minutes. But what could we lose by never popping out for milk again?

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Rapid Delivery Grocery Apps: Will They Permanently Change How We Shop?

Billions of dollars are flowing to support companies you may never have heard of—startups with memorable names like Zapp, Deliveroo, Getir and Gorillas.

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