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  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Rapid grocery delivery venture, Gorillas, has raised close to $1 billion in a Series C funding round. This was led by Delivery Hero, and included further investments by existing investors Coatue Management, DST Global, Tencent, Atlantic Food Labs, Fifth Wall, Greenoaks, A*, and new backers G Squared, Alanda Capital, Macquarie Capital, MSA Capital and Thrive […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has announced an agreement with DoorDash “to bring on-demand grocery delivery solutions to independent retailers nationwide.” The deal is intended to help independent grocers compete for customers who choose to shop for groceries online. “We know demand for this functionality continues to be very strong, and to remain competitive retailers […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said yesterday that it signed a deal with delivery solutions provider DoorDash to provide services to its independent retail customers. According to the announcement, “UNFI’s arrangement with DoorDash will give local grocers the opportunity to leverage the DoorDash platform to build an ecommerce and delivery offering that meets the needs […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — United Natural Foods Inc. has entered into a reseller agreement with DoorDash with the aim of bringing on-demand grocery delivery solutions to independent retailers nationwide through the DoorDash marketplace. “Our relationship with DoorDash will make it easier for independent retailers to offer online grocery ordering and delivery,” UNFI chief strategy and innovation […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Wall Street Journal reports that delivery service DoorDash “has started selling restaurant ads that appear atop the search results in its app, as companies in the largely money-losing food-delivery industry dive deeper into advertising to boost revenue.  The company already let marketers pay to run ads offering free delivery or discounts, as well as […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
WitsNotes Volume 4 takes us to a new frontier of Marketing. Title: Re-invented Marketing: A Candid, Myth-busting Interview Author: Rishad Tobaccowala (The talk and his website)  Topic(s): Marketing Length: 1 hour RetailWit Summary: 5 minutes Summary Marketing is in a perilous spot—the cookie is crumbling, privacy will be a competitive advantage, CMO tenure is the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The New Yorker has an interview with Moe Tkacik, described as “a former journalist who now works on delivery-app regulation” as a senior fellow at the antitrust think tank the American Economic Liberties Project and the founder of the A.E.L.P.-funded Protect Our Restaurants.  The piece focuses on the greater regulation of delivery apps by cities […]
  1. Channel: Drug
  Retailer after retailer find that evolving with consumers pays off in the long run. Consumers are dynamic not static and retailers must be as well.  Demand for grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food had created new growth for many a retailer as regular readers of this blog know. Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat grocerant niche fresh food has a new platform that speeds up service, delivering fresh food fast.  That platform is call Vroom Delivery and according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® it is “an elevated step in the food delivery process that is long over do.” So, get […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Who want to cook and do breakfast dishes before they head to work? Not many in the United States according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Hand held food for immediate consumption that is ‘deemed’ better-for-you’ has reached the breakfast mid-set of consumers according to Johnson. Are you competing […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Albertsons to bundle online orders from other stores in test program. This story reflects realities colliding—DoorDash looking to expand their revenue streams before time runs out, Albertsons driving “traffic” unconventionally, convenience and delivery being a top purchase factor, fragmented markets consolidating, and customers at the center. Chris Rupp, Albertsons EVP, said, “there’s no chance every […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Customers in 20 states can now order wine, beer or spirits from restaurants, grocers and retailers. On-demand alcohol service can now be enjoyed by more legal-age drinkers, thanks to DoorDash. The technology company has facilitated the delivery of beer, wine and spirits via the DoorDash Marketplace, allowing customers across 20 states and the District of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
OrderNerd co-founders Stephen Gladney and Justin Barber were eating at a restaurant a few years ago and noticed the establishment had four different tablets, one for each third-party delivery service. The process was awkward and cumbersome. They talked about the problem and decided that integrating all the order information into one platform would help restaurants. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2021 results and will update investors on how key initiatives are positioning the company for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Deliverect, a startup that connects the likes of Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Doordash, and Just Eat Takeaway.com to restaurants’ PoS systems, is launching the first ever International Food Delivery Day on 8th September. The aim is to celebrate the work done by restaurateurs, wait staff, kitchen chefs, delivery drivers, particularly through the Covid-19 pandemic. Deliverect will be […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The lawsuit, filed Friday by the city of Chicago against the two major food-delivery platforms, make a number of allegations —some jointly and some particular to each service — that the companies used “unfair and deceptive tactic to take advantage of restaurants and consumers who were struggling to stay afloat” during the pandemic. Among other […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Overall restaurant delivery intermediary sales will surpass $57 billion this year    After more than doubling its sales in 2020, the US restaurant delivery intermediary industry extends its growth streak into this year. In 2021, restaurant delivery intermediary sales will rise 33.3% year over year and top $57 billion. We forecast that the market will continue to grow for years to […]

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Albertsons posts Q2 earnings beat. ID sales +1.5% (2 year stacked: 15.3%); digital sales +5% (2 year stacked: +248%). They announced a strong quarterly dividend of 20% and raised FY2021 outlook.  Gross profit margin decreased 28.6% (fuel, inflation, supply chain costs). Albertsons spoke to their transformation strategy and, specifically, called out modernizing their technical infrastructure […]

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