REUTERS: Walmart Inc and logistics firm Deliv pulled the plug on a key same-day grocery delivery partnership, dealing a setback in the retailer's race against rival Amazon.com Inc to deliver groceries to customers' homes.The world's largest retailer began bolstering its partnerships with third-party courier firms to reach consumers in 100 U.S. cities last year, after failing to use Uber and Lyft to deliver groceries, and struggling in its attempt to use its own employees to deliver goods.Deliv, which was one of Walmart's earliest partners with pilot programs in Miami and San Jose, served the retailer with a 90-day termination notice, and the two companies stopped working with each other in late January, according to two people familiar with the situation.Walmart confirmed the previously unreported decision, and said it still partners with seven delivery firms, including DoorDash and Postmates, four of which it signed up in January.People familiar with the Walmart partnership with Deliv … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership
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BERLIN: France’s Carrefour announced a deal this week with Google to boost its online shopping business. It is the latest in a string of partnerships between traditional food retailers and tech companies as grocery ecommerce takes off.HOW BIG IS GROCERY ECOMMERCE?Global grocery retailing is worth US$5.9 trillion, according to figures from market research provider Euromonitor. Online sales of food and drink only accounted for about 1.5 percent of that in 2017, but are growing fast in some key markets.The figure is much higher in countries where retailers have quickly embraced ecommerce. The online share of food retail in Britain is 5.5 percent and 4.5 percent in France, according to business intelligence firm Planet Retail RNG.China's online grocery market is expected to almost triple by 2022 to account for 11 percent of spending, according to grocery industry research group IGD.The United States is a laggard on just 1 percent but is expected to more than double by 2022, according … [Read more...] about Explainer: Why are grocery retailers teaming up with tech giants?
By Sam Chambers Bloomberg Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 LONDON—Sobeys Inc. is the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce after last year’s arrival of Amazon into the nation’s competitive grocery industry forced incumbents to improve their online offerings. Amazon’s $13.7-billion (U.S.) acquisition of Whole Foods Market, including its 13 Canadian locations, led to speculation Canada’s grocers would have to step up on home delivery offerings as the tech titan may expand its Amazon Fresh delivery service north of the border. “We want to be the other player,” Sobeys spokesperson Cynthia Thomspon said. “The grocer that is competing with them head on.” Read more: Metro to expand online shopping, delivery services as it faces Amazon competition Article Continued Below Walmart, Loblaws face off over home delivery of groceries Loblaws says it’s exploring grocery home delivery partnership with Instacart … [Read more...] about Sobeys partners with U.K.’s Ocado to build online grocery delivery business
By The Canadian Press Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 VANCOUVER—Walmart Canada Corp. says it is partnering with an online grocery service to bring home delivery to Vancouver by the summer, as the brick-and-mortar retailer ramps up its effort in the country to compete with Amazon. The arrangement will see Walmart work with Vancouver-based Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery to bring its food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc., to Walmart.ca customers in the city’s metro area. The move expands upon similar efforts announced last November by Walmart to grow its home delivery service to cover the Greater Toronto Area and nearby markets. Food-X’s resources include a soon-to-be completed 6,900 sq. metre state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years to get food from the supplier to the kitchen in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. Canadian grocers have been increasing their e-commerce offerings … [Read more...] about Walmart partners with online grocery service to launch home delivery in Vancouver
Walmart has struck a partnership with e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc to launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan, its latest effort to forge an alliance with a popular homegrown chain to crack a competitive market.The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said on Thursday the service will launch in the latter half of 2018.Walmart’s leadership is looking for new ways to grow its international business, which is no longer the growth engine it once was, as it has grappled with economic woes in Brazil and competition from discount retailers in Britain.In Japan, the new service will replace Walmart’s existing online grocery delivery offering and will be called “Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper.” Seiyu GK is the name of Walmart’s wholly-owned Japanese unit.It will allow customers to place an order on Rakuten’s online marketplace platform, which will then be fulfilled by the Walmart-Rakuten joint venture. Walmart-Rakuten will open a warehouse to … [Read more...] about Walmart to launch online grocery delivery in Japan in deal with Rakuten