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Why Walmart farms out same-day grocery deliveries to low-cost freelance drivers

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Jeff Leonard slides behind the wheel of his burgundy Hyundai Accord and heads to a nearby Walmart Inc store, where he picks up the package of groceries waiting for him. Jeff Leonard, a DoorDash driver, waits to pickup an order at a Walmart online grocery pickup parking lot in Cumming, Georgia, U.S., November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Nandita Bose Roughly an hour later, the 62-year-old delivers vegetables, flavored water and cleaning supplies to a shopper’s front door. It is one of nearly 100 such Walmart deliveries for Leonard…

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Exclusive: Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership

(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. FILE PHOTO: Walmart’s logo is seen outside one of the stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo 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…

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Startup Picnic runs grocery delivery bus in Dutch online shopping boom

Utrecht, Netherlands (Reuters) – Coming to a stop outside yet another front door on Utrecht’s narrow streets, 25-year-old Susann Huber gets out of her electric minivan, pulls out a crate of groceries and hands them over to a waiting customer. Huber works for Picnic, an online supermarket which targets middle-income shoppers and is the first to offer free delivery in the Netherlands, where online grocery shopping is booming. Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday said that 29 percent of Dutch households ordered groceries at least once online in 2017, the most in…

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Kroger enters China grocery market with Alibaba partnership

(Reuters) – Kroger Co (KR.N) has partnered with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) to sell its private label products in China, venturing outside the United States for the first time in what is fast becoming a fierce global battle to dominate online grocery sales. The Kroger supermarket chain’s headquarters is shown in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Lisa Baertlein/File Photo Kroger will sell its Simple Truth products on the e-commerce giant’s Tmall Global virtual storefront “to meet Chinese consumers’ growing demand for high-quality, organic food products,” an Alibaba spokesman…

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Grab launches grocery delivery service in race for growth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Grab unveiled a grocery delivery service on Tuesday, betting the firm’s extensive network of 7.1 million drivers, agents and merchants will help steer the company as it expands beyond its core ride-hailing business across Southeast Asia. FILE PHOTO: A Grab motorbike helmet is displayed during Grab’s fifth anniversary news conference in Singapore June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo The strategy to provide “everyday” offerings via a new open platform underscores Grab’s ambition to secure its dominant market share at a time when rival Go-Jek is embarking on…

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Grab to launch grocery delivery service in race for growth

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Grab plans to launch a grocery delivery service, and is betting on its network of 7.1 million drivers, agents and merchants to steer its expansion beyond its core ride-hailing business across Southeast Asia, its chief executive told Reuters. The strategy to provide “everyday” offerings underscores Grab’s ambition to secure its dominant market share at a time when main rival Go-Jek is embarking on a $500 million expansion into markets including Thailand and Singapore. Go-Jek, the main ride-hailing player in Indonesia that is backed by the likes of…

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Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery showdown

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Whole Foods Market are making a surgical strike in the already brutal grocery price war. FILE PICTURE – The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/Illustration/File Photo On Wednesday, Whole Foods debuted a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers special discounts to Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials such as $10 per pound off wild-caught halibut steaks. Those perks are available now in Florida and will roll…

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