DoorDash is launching a grocery delivery service
The restaurant delivery platform works with regional grocers across the country, including Smart & Final, Meijer and Fresh Thyme, to offer on-demand grocery delivery. D’agostino, Gristedes and Hy-Vee will be joining the platform in the coming weeks. Other chains, including Wegmans, Gelson’s, and others, allow customers to order prepared food through the app.
Before the pandemic, consumers were slow to adopt online grocery shopping. But now business is booming. At the Amazon ((Whole Foods chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky “tripled year over year,” said chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky during a July call with analysts discussing the company’s second quarter results. )
Other grocery stores want to participate in these sales and are working with third-party providers such as DoorDash or competitor Instacart to expand their business.
DoorDash promises customers will get their groceries within an hour, which could give them a competitive advantage.
“Grocery stores on DoorDash will be available on demand,” wrote Mike Goldblatt, director of the company’s grocery and convenience partnerships, in a blog post announcing the news on Thursday. “That means no planning, no queuing, no waiting.” There is a delivery charge of $ 3.99 on every grocery order, unless users are on the DoorDash subscription service DashPass, which is $ 9.99 per month and includes groceries.
DoorDash and Instacart expanded their services during the pandemic.
In April, DoorDash added convenience stores such as 7-Eleven, Walgreens, CVS, and Wawa to its app. Earlier this month, DoorDash announced its own DashMart virtual supermarket, where customers can buy groceries and other items. It has been working behind the scenes with convenience and grocery stores for a while now, helping run their own apps and delivery services.
Instacart works with more than 400 retailers in North America, including Aldi, Costco ((, )Kroger (( and Wegmans. More recently, the company has signed contracts )Large quantities (( and staples for same day delivery. )
– Sara O’Brien of CNN Business contributed to this report.