Delivery

Retailers

Albertsons and DoorDash Play Games, Expand Grocery Delivery

Albertsons Cos. and DoorDash have forged a new partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 stores, while also launching a digital gaming experience.

Retailers

Walmart Invests in DroneUp as It Seeks to Scale Up Drone Delivery

After partnering with DroneUp on delivery of at-home COVID-19 test kits, Walmart is investing in the Virginia Beach, Va.-based drone services provider.

The retailer has added additional benefits for subscribers of the online grocery program, including half-off delivery on orders of $50 or more and monthly bonus savings.

The fulfillment software firm said it would use the new funding to grow its platform through new partners and acquisitions.

"The way we're thinking about capital and putting capital toward omni-fulfillment, omni-technology, that's where we're going as a company, and I feel really good about it," CFO Brett Biggs says at Baird conference.

A delivery-only virtual leap to new territory could be a test of Kroger's vaunted technology and loyalty programs.

On-demand food delivery sales are outpacing all of e-commerce and are expected to reach $138.77 billion in the U.S. by 2025—more than double 2020 levels—finds a new report.

Amid rising consumer demand for speed—and a concurrent explosion of virtual micro-grocers—Instacart is moving to 30-minute delivery for small baskets from participating retailers.

Indianapolis-based Market Wagon is on a roll. Currently in 29 markets, the company aims to be delivering locally produced fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods and more in 50 markets by the end of the year.

The association explores how food retail will be affected by the pandemic, which sparked an increase in at-home cooking, accelerated adoption of e-commerce, and fostered a focus on health and wellness.

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