To meet the soaring demand for digital ordering and delivery of deli and prepared foods items (along with groceries), retailers continue to seek partnerships that will get the job done better and faster. For retail foodservice to remain competitive and relevant, online ordering and speedy delivery are musts.

In June, Albertsons Cos. and DoorDash forged a partnership to offer on-demand grocery delivery from nearly 2,000 Albertsons banner stores across the country, including Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and more, from the DoorDash marketplace app.

Consumers can now order more than 40,000 grocery items, including prepared foods, from select Albertsons stores for delivery within an hour through DoorDash’s marketplace with no time slot, queues or minimum order size required. In select markets, customers can also order groceries through their local Albertsons Cos. store’s website for same-day delivery powered through DoorDash Drive.

As restaurant food delivery services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats continue to expand into grocery, H-E-B recently launched a spirited TV campaignto remind Texans that its Favor delivery service will deliver restaurant food from one of the grocer’s many in-store restaurants—such as True Texas BBQ—along with wine and beer and floral arrangements in under an hour.

In February 2018, H-E-B acquired Austin-based Favor Delivery, which launched in 2013. Today Favor’s 75,000 runners deliver groceries, food and beverages from select H-E-B stores, Central Markets, Joe V’s, Stripes and Circle Ks, as well as dozens of restaurants from more than 130 cities across Texas.