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Grocery Delivery Digest

June 25, 2021

Peter Cook, Publisher

Plenty of grocery delivery news this week!  There is quite a mixed bag, with some very optimistic articles regarding online grocery, and some less optimistic articles on the same topic!  Wall Street and investors seem on the more optimistic side, based on the number of deals and valuations we’re seeing.  Much to consider, so grab a coffee and carve out some time to dive into this week’s Grocery Delivery Digest!


And now, the news…

Issue #61

DoorDash and Albertsons partner on same-day grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 stores

The company announced Monday it’s partnering with Albertsons Cos. to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 of its stores, including Safeway, Vons and Jewel-Osco.

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DoorDash CEO: Grocery delivery is in its infancy

Tony Xu, founder and CEO of DoorDash, joins "TechCheck" to discuss grocery delivery and the company's outlook.

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Kroger lifts annual forecasts with online grocery sales booming

Kroger forecast 2021 adjusted profit per share between $2.95 and $3.10, compared with its prior range of $2.75 to $2.95. It expects 2021 adjusted same-store sales to fall up to 4%, while it had earlier projected a decline of up to 5%.

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Kroger opens 2 cross-dock facilities to boost reach of automated fulfillment centers

Two newly opened Florida facilities will each act as a "spoke" to facilitate Kroger Delivery, Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of The Kroger Company, said in an earnings call last week.

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Walmart’s AI is getting smarter about grocery delivery

As Walmart’s grocery delivery services have continued to boom, posing competition to companies like Amazon and Instacart, the tech that Walmart uses has expanded too.

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This Trend Could Be a Problem for Walmart

Walmart and other online grocery providers are having a hard time holding onto those shoppers.

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Ocado Continues to Fight the Wrong Battles

Brittain Ladd outlines the business model, strengths, and weaknesses of Ocado.

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Ocado Loses U.K. Injunction Bid Against Bitter Rival AutoStore

Ocado Group Plc lost the latest court clash with rival AutoStore Technology AG after a London judge refused to grant an injunction that would stop the use of certain information in a separate U.S. patent infringement case.

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SpartanNash Adds Value to Online Grocery Shopping

Fast Lane subscribers have an access to the company’s dedicated personal shoppers, more benefits and exclusive savings, all for less than a dollar in a week.

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Boxed CEO on choosing to go public via SPAC offering

Boxed CEO Chieh Huang discussed why the online grocery wholesale retailer opted to go public through a special prupose acquisition corporation instead of a traditional public offering.

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MRIN Stock: Why Marin Software Is Rocketing 60% Higher Today

Shares of digital marketing specialist Marin Software are skyrocketing in Thursday morning’s pre-market activity after announcing a new integration with Instacart.

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Online grocery keeps booming post-pandemic

Online grocery was a minuscule part of food retail before the pandemic. Now, about 60% of U.S. consumers have bought groceries online in the last 12 months, and most of them plan to keep doing so post-pandemic, according to a report from Coresight Research.

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Delivery Analysts Project Pandemic Habits Are Hanging On

In a report issued by Wells Fargo, analysts including Brian Fitzgerald and Jon Tower project that delivery will hold onto its intra-pandemic market share or even grow as restaurant sales rebound during the second half of 2021.

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Omnichannel shoppers pay off for grocery chains, consumers spend up to 20% more

Symphony RetailAI identifies ‘Amazon effect’ sales opportunity for low-penetration, in-store categories

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U.S. online grocery sales decline again in May

Brick Meets Click says market retains 70% of gains from pandemic

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Online Grocery Shopping and Store Pickup Trends Accelerated by the Pandemic are Now Slowing

ChaseDesign survey reveals supermarket customers are dissatisfied with BOPIS due to out-of-stocks, product quality/freshness issues, substitutions and wait times.

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Should Grocery Retailers Offer On-Demand Delivery?

In 2021, consumers continue to shop online, but I've found that retailers are under pressure to deliver orders faster. This is no easy task for most retailers, as they don't have a business model suited to making deliveries in several hours — let alone in minutes.

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A Year of Reckoning for Grocery E-Commerce

Grocery retailers must continue to increase their e-commerce offerings to meet continuing online demand in 2021. This is no time to ease off.

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How Traditional Grocers Can Remain Competitive as Amazon Encroaches Into Grocery

In an era of relentless demand for convenience and delivery, traditional grocers must take immediate and swift action to maintain customer loyalty.

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Grocery Delivery Idea Looks Far From Fresh

Boxed Inc.’s success seems highly dependent on its technology.

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Fast Delivery, Even Faster Expansion, for U.S. Microgrocers

Samokat, Getir reportedly joining U.S. expansion rush.

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Labor Shortage, Need for Speed: Why Robots Will Multiply in the Warehouse

The impact of the pandemic on the warehouse industry will have long lasting effects on the industrial sector. From concerns of worker safety to the rush to keep up with the surge in e-commerce orders, the need for increased warehouse automation became evident.

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Berkshire Grey shows next-generation fulfillment robots

New robotics are said to speed fulfillment time at a lower cost

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Bay Area grocery delivery companies have already raised more than $800M halfway through 2021

Four separate Bay Area grocery startups raised at least $100 million this year.

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Rapid delivery grocery apps have flourished during the pandemic – but will they permanently change how we shop?

But is there still a place for these rapid delivery services in a post-Covid world? Much of that depends on whether shoppers can – or want to – change their delivery habits.

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How To Leverage Bigbasket Clone App To Thrive Your Grocery Delivery Business

People today are often busy and rely on doorstep delivery services for obtaining essentials. But wait, what is it and how it helps businesses? Let us dive into the topic and get to know more about the grocery delivery app.

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Podcast: Why Farm-to-Doorstep is Dominating the Grocery Sector

Podcast on why farm-to-doorstep is doing so well.

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Chart of Food Delivery Investments in Europe

Grocery Delivery (in Europe) recap by DigitalFoodLab.

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Europe: Prosus To Accelerate Grocery Delivery In Europe With ‘Dark Stores’

Prosus, the largest consumer internet company in Europe, wants to expand its grocery services through the use of “dark stores,” Bloomberg reported Monday (June 21), noting its plans come at a time of fierce competition among global food delivery services.

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UK: Tesco rolls out rapid one hour delivery to 11 more UK branches - will your local offer it?

Food deliveries have become more popular over the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and people self-isolating. Tesco is set to roll out a service that makes this quicker for shoppers.

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Chile: Uber Now Owns The Cornershop Shopping Delivery Startup

Uber announced the acquisition of the remaining 47% stake in Cornershop, a Chilean supermarket delivery startup.

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China: Grocery Delivery Company Dingdong Pegs IPO Valuation At $6B

Chinese grocer Dingdong is setting its sights on getting a $6 billion valuation when it goes public in the U.S. The company, which is backed by Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund II, delivers groceries mainly in such big Chinese cities as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.

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Hong Kong: Deliveroo expands grocery delivery business in Hong Kong, as it partners with supermarket chain ParknShop

Food delivery app targets slice of fast-growing market by linking up with 50 store locations across the city.

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Chinese online grocery startups bulk up to fight bigger players

Missfresh and Dingdong seek more than $850m from New York IPOs

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Co-founder of Sequoia-backed online grocery firm Grofers steps back from his role

Albinder Dhindsa, CEO of online grocery platform Grofers, announced that his co-founder Saurabh Kumar will take a step back from his role at the company.

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Egyptian grocery delivery startup Appetito plans African expansion post-funding

Egyptian startup Appetito, a grocery and household products delivery service, hopes to expand across Africa after securing a seed funding round.

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