Ecommerce Delivery &  Connections 

By Retail Performance Solutions | This Magazine is focused on ecommerce and store delivery networks including same day delivery, Drive, Click and Collect, Automation, Fresh/RX and related strategies. 

How Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Other Meal-Delivery Apps are Killing Hotel Room Service

So long, soggy club sandwiches!<p>For years now, we’ve been writing the obituary for hotel room service. A 2013 survey revealed that a whopping three-quarters of travelers weren’t using it. And in 2016, only 22 percent of U.S. hotels even offered room service—a remarkable drop from the 37 percent that …

14 Meal Delivery Companies So You Never Have to Go to the Grocery Store

There's nothing like coming home from a hectic, jam-packed day of work and errands only to start cooking for hours on end, right? Absolutely not. …

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Kroger acquiring Home Chef as it expands into meal delivery space

There's a really great cultural fit, says Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef CEO discussing Kroger's acquisition of the company and how meal kit delivery is …

Costco has 2 new weapons in its battle against Amazon

On Thursday, the retailer announced that Costco Grocery will offer two-day delivery on nonperishable items, like cookies, cereal, and canned foods, starting this week. Delivery will be free on orders more than $75.<p>Additionally, the retailer partnered with Instacart for same-day delivery of all …

Walmart Does In-Fridge Delivery, Maybe Just To Prove It Can

When we talk about “the last mile” of delivery, we generally think of getting product to a customer’s front door. But with a new smart home grocery delivery pilot, Walmart is getting down to the last few inches, delivering groceries directly into customers’ refrigerators.<p>Walmart has partnered with …

The On-Demand Economy: Trends in Same-Day and Next-Day Delivery [Infographic]

To say that Amazon has changed how we shop may be the understatement of the year. And one of the ways it has changed our habits is by offering …

McDonald's and the Price of Not Owning Delivery

McDonald's struggles make the chain's decision not to own the platform for delivery all the more puzzling.<p><i>(This is a guest post by Applico Head of Platform and Modern Monopolies co-author Nick Johnson.)</i><p>McDonald's is not loving it.<p>This week, the fast food chain announced a fresh round of layoffs as …

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi | Full interview | Code 2018

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Postmates generates $1.2 billion since 2017, as on-demand economy heats up

The gig economy is doing more than just providing convenience for consumers. New data from on-demand delivery service Postmates underscores the …

Taco Bell

Delivery boom is changing everything about the restaurant business

NEW YORK — Micha Magid would prefer that guests grab a table to enjoy the sweet corn fritters, chicken wings and "brontosaurus" ribs served at Mighty Quinn's Barbecue, his restaurant chain.<p>But so many diners want their food delivered to their front doors instead that the eateries have to carve out …

Hospitality

China online food delivery market in Q4 2017, led by Ele.me & Baidu Waimai

China online food delivery market totaled 67.73 billion yuan in Q4 2017 with an increase of 16.2% QoQ or 81.8% YoY according to data from …

Grubhub: 5 Interesting Details About the Yum Brands Deal

By<p>May 1, 2018 2:57 p.m. ET<p>Shares of online restaurant delivery app company Grubhub took a dive Tuesday, likely in connection with some business …

Taco Bell

Exclusive: Walmart's grocery delivery partnerships with Uber, Lyft fail to take off

(Reuters) - Walmart Inc's (WMT.N) online grocery delivery partnerships with ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft have ended, according to two sources, a potential setback for the retailer's ambitions to challenge Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) head-on with speedy delivery of groceries to people's homes.<p>The …

Enterprise Tech

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in Under 30 Minutes

Drones

Who’s scared of Alibaba? - The Nation

The strategic partnership between the government of Thailand and Alibaba brings with it impacts not only on the e-commerce industry but also on the …

eCommerce

Order-ahead app Ritual picks up $70M to rethink the social office lunch break

While DoorDash, Postmates and other apps are looking to reimagine what the food delivery experience looks like, Ray Reddy says he wants to figure out what the next generation of a food court looks like. Sort of.<p>Reddy’s startup, Ritual, aims to remake the whole process of leaving your office and …

Blue Apron Supporting Meal Kits Nationwide through Pop-Up Shops

Just two weeks after announcing its plan to gain brick-and-mortar support from Costco Wholesale Corp., meal-kit service Blue Apron has announced a …

Panera Offers 1-Day Soup Freebie To Promote Delivery Rollout

To promote awareness and trial of the rollout of its delivery service — now available in 897 U.S. cities in 43 states — Panera Bread is offering free …

Sprouts, Albertsons Expand Same-Day Delivery

The same week that Minneapolis-based mass-merchandiser Target revealed plans to sever ties with delivery service Instacart, natural grocer Sprouts …

Sprouts Brings Grocery Delivery to Denver, San Diego, Sacramento | Progressive Grocer

Sprouts Farmers Market has continued its grocery delivery expansion to now include Denver, San Diego and Sacramento, Calif.<p>In partnership with …

Bi-Lo, Kroger, Publix, Target stores primed for Shipt in Myrtle Beach

Same-day delivery also to launch at Target locations in Knoxville

Online Grocer Peapod Brings Grocery Delivery to Reading, PA

Ecommerce food retailer Peapod will begin delivering groceries from its Giant Food Stores sister company to residents in and around Reading, Pa., the …

Why Walmart is partnering with everyone except Instacart for its grocery delivery service

Uber, Postmates, DoorDash and Deliv — but not the most popular grocery delivery startup in the U.S.<p>In the last two weeks alone, Walmart has announced grocery partnerships with rival delivery startups Postmates and DoorDash, to complement existing relationships with Uber and the delivery startup …

Instacart acquires Unata

The delivery service aims to create a "one-stop shop" to help grocers compete in an increasingly digital retail environment.Read More

Walmart partners with Penguin Pick-Up

Two co-branded locations expand the retailer's reach into areas of Toronto where access to its grocery offering is limited.Read More

Digital transformation at Canada's leading retailers

Walmart Canada launches shopping app as mobile becomes biggest traffic-driver<p>Ask Rick Neuman, executive vice-president of technology and ecommerce at …

Commuters can soon order groceries online and pick them up at GO stations | The Star

Loblaws and Metrolinx are about to change the definition of food on-the-go.<p>Beginning this spring, Canada’s largest retailer will allow commuters to …

How Amazon will beat UPS, FedEx at shipping: Driverless trucks

Amazon.com Inc.’s budding shipping service won’t be able to compete with FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. over the long-term, according to …

Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

The company is preparing to begin the offering in Los Angeles with its ‘third-party merchants’ and then roll it out more broadly<p>By<p>Laura Stevens<p>Laura Stevens<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@laurastevenswsj<p>laurastevens11<p>Google+<p>Laura.Stevens@wsj.com<p>Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.82% is preparing to launch a …

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