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McDonald’s Adds DoorDash as U.S. Delivery Partner

Today, McDonald’s USA and DoorDash announced a new partnership to expand the availability and accessibility of McDelivery beyond its current offering, launching first in the Houston, Texas area across more than 200 restaurants beginning July 29th.

“In a few short years, McDelivery, has become an important part of our growth and our customer-centric strategy,” said Chris Kempczinski, President of McDonald’s USA. “Building on the success of McDelivery in the US, we’re excited to make McDelivery accessible to customers on DoorDash, which is available in all 50 states and reaches...

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Jul 19 8:54 AM, General News



KFC Celebrates National Fried Chicken Day with Free Grubhub Delivery July 4-7

Kentucky Fried Chicken® has announced free delivery through delivery partner, Grubhub, to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6). And, because the Colonel thinks every occasion is a good time for a bucket of Original Recipe®, the fried chicken experts are celebrating with free delivery all weekend long (July 4-7) – just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Heading to a family picnic, summer BBQ or pool party? Give the grill a rest and let the Colonel take the stress out of holiday cooking with a bucket of Original Recipe®, KFC’s world-famous secret blend of 11 herbs & spices. Since its origination in 1940, the Colonel’s secret recipe has been often imitated, but never duplicated, and...

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Jul 5 9:25 AM, General News


Crowd Cow Imports the A5 Wagyu Japanese Packer Brisket as New Product Offering

Crowd Cow, the online marketplace that sources its meat directly from the top 1% of farms and ranches across the country, including Japan for its Wagyu products, announced today that they have exclusively imported a limited amount of Japanese A5 Wagyu "Packer Briskets" into the United States. These briskets, the popular cut for barbecuing that comes from the lower chest of the cow, have a unique cut plan, different from that of a domestic brisket, which lends itself to weighing in at over 30 pounds untrimmed. Even more rare and exclusive are the fewer than 20 Olive Wagyu Briskets from Kagawa that Crowd Cow is offering. The marbling and tenderness of authentic Japanese A5 Wagyu produces...

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Jul 2 9:31 AM, General News


Uber Eats Partners with Olo to Simplify Third-Party Delivery for Thousands of Restaurants

Uber Eats today announced it has partnered with Olo, the leading digital food ordering platform for the restaurant industry, to integrate directly into the point-of-sale (POS) of leading restaurant brands via Olo Rails. An important distinction for restaurant brands, this partnership allows orders placed by consumers on the Uber Eats website or app to be injected directly into the order stream at the restaurant, drastically improving order accuracy and operational efficiencies for restaurant operators.

“We’re excited to partner with Olo,” said Liz Meyerdirk, Uber Eats Global Head of Business Development. “This integration will streamline the Eats ordering experience and...

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Jun 27 8:17 AM, General News


Dunkin' Begins Nationwide Delivery Rollout through Grubhub

More of America will now run on Dunkin' without ever having to leave their home or office. Dunkin' today announced that it is partnering with Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, to begin the rollout of its new Dunkin' Delivers service. As the first step in this launch, today more than 400 Dunkin' restaurants throughout New York City's five boroughs will now offer delivery through Seamless, Grubhub's New York brand. Following the initial launch, Dunkin' and Grubhub will look to expand the Dunkin' Delivers service to restaurants throughout other markets in the coming months, including in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Using Seamless or Grubhub, people who live and work in New York City can enjoy their favorite Dunkin' coffees, espresso drinks, Cold Brew and frozen beverages – as well as donuts, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and more – delivered directly to them, wherever they are throughout the day. New Yorkers looking for a convenient Dunkin' delivery experience can simply open the Seamless or Grubhub mobile app or website, choose their favorites and...

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Jun 17 9:38 AM, General News


Domino's and Nuro Partner to Bring Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston

Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, are partnering on autonomous pizza delivery using the custom unmanned vehicle known as the R2 later this year. The global leader in pizza delivery will use Nuro's unmanned fleet to serve select Houston Domino's customers who place orders online. This partnership will expand Nuro's autonomous delivery operations, which have safely and successfully been running in the Houston metro area since March 2019.

"We are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve the delivery experience for our customers," said Kevin Vasconi, Domino's executive vice president and chief information officer. "Nuro's vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey. The opportunity to bring...

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Jun 17 12:02 AM, General News


While Restaurant Delivery gets All the Buzz, Digital Orders Overall Grow by Double-Digits

The growing access to foodservice delivery has garnered lots of attention from the marketplace and media, but while delivery grabs the spotlight, digital restaurant orders overall steadily grow by double-digits, reports The NPD Group. Restaurant digital orders, which are defined by meals or snacks ordered via mobile app, internet, or text message, have grown by 23 percent over the past four years and now represent 3.1 billion visits and $26.8 billion dollars. NPD forecasts digital orders to continue to grow by double-digits through 2020 with growth across all service modes including delivery, on premises, and carryout, according to NPD’s Delivering Digital Convenience report.

Although convenience is understandably the top reason consumers choose digital ordering, other top reasons include: no waiting; the ability to order, pay, and have it ready; ordering at my “own” pace; and earning rewards/feeling valued. In addition to these reasons...

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Jun 14 7:52 AM, General News


Chili's Partners Exclusively with DoorDash

Chili's® Grill & Bar, a leader in the casual dining industry, is also leading the category in off-premise innovation. To build on that momentum, starting today, Brinker International, Inc., the parent company of Chili's and Maggiano's Little Italy®, has entered into an exclusive agreement with DoorDash, the nation's largest on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery, that brings delivery of Chili's favorites to Guests from more than 1,000 participating restaurants nationwide.

"We chose DoorDash as an exclusive partner because they have a leading market share in areas where Chili's restaurants are located and have a fast growing delivery platform," said Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer of Brinker and president of Chili's. "While we tested delivery with several partners, DoorDash integrated seamlessly into our operations, demonstrated the ability to drive incremental sales and provided...

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Jun 11 9:45 AM, General News


RestaurantOwner.com: Restaurant Delivery Report 

RestaurantOwner.com's published results of their 2019 Restaurant Delivery Survey focuses on the growing trend of restaurant delivery and summarizes input gathered from nearly 1,000 independent restaurant owners and operators regarding their experiences with self-delivery and third-party service providers, and their insights regarding restaurant delivery.

Survey Results:

Restaurant delivery has become available in most independent restaurants, with 57% of operators offering some form of delivery. Moreover, 16% of the operators without delivery plan to add the service within a year. Of operators who offered delivery, 31% used only third-party services, 12% operated in-house delivery services, and 14% relied on...

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Jun 5 2:53 PM, General News


Guests can Now Order P.F. Chang's with Uber Eats Across the U.S.

Enjoying P.F. Chang's menu of made-from-scratch favorites just got even easier. Now, guests across the U.S. can order P.F. Chang's using their Uber Eats app.

"Uber Eats is one of the fastest growing off-premise delivery companies in the U.S.," said Tana Davila, P.F. Chang's senior vice president. "We are excited to partner with them and make our food even more accessible to current and new customers."

Uber Eats is fully integrated throughout P.F. Chang's restaurant point-of-sale system, ensuring seamless order placement and timely delivery of orders from the entire made-from-scratch menu in restaurants across the country. P.F. Chang's will continue to offer...

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May 22 3:00 PM, General News


Postmates and Pei Wei Launch On-Demand Delivery with Free Delivery

Postmates and Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, the leading fresh, Asian fast-casual restaurant, announced that they have partnered to bring Pei Wei's delicious Asian cuisine direct to the customer's doorstep. To celebrate, the companies are providing customers with free delivery. From the new, customizable Bento Boxes to its fresh, house-made Cauliflower Rice, every dish is made to order with quality ingredients, like house-chopped veggies and grass-fed flank steak. Now, you can have any of these delicious offerings delivered right to your door with no delivery fee.

"We are thrilled to add Pei Wei Asian Kitchen to our already long list of partners," said Dan Mosher, SVP, Merchant Lead at Postmates. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the most choices of any delivery platform, giving them the ability to...

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May 6 3:25 PM, General News


Wegmans Joins Forces with DoorDash to Power Wegmans Meals 2GO Delivery

Wegmans today announced that it's teaming up with the largest and fastest growing, last-mile logistics platform, DoorDash, for delivery of the supermarket's popular restaurant-quality meals available in the new Wegmans Meals 2GO app. The venture is now live at the Dulles (Sterling) store in northern Virginia, and the Pittsford, East Ave., and Perinton stores in Rochester, NY. Two more Rochester-area stores, Penfield. and Holt Road, are set to go live on April 30. Wegmans Meals 2GO will roll out to more than 40 stores by year's end, with more to follow in 2020.

Wegmans Meals 2GO orders for lunch, dinner or anytime-in-between can be delivered through DoorDash within a roughly five-mile radius of participating stores. Delivery is available on orders of $20 or more, with diners able to choose from sushi, pizza, wings, subs, salads, soups, hot wokery (Asian), ready-to-heat meals, desserts and...

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Apr 30 8:21 AM, General News


Grubhub Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Grubhub Inc. (NYSE: GRUB), the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. The Company posted revenues of $324 million, which is a 39% year-over-year increase from $233 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross Food Sales grew 21% year-over-year to $1.5 billion, up from $1.2 billion in the same period last year.

"We are extremely proud of our entire team for another fantastic quarter of execution - record new diner growth, thousands of new quality restaurants added to our platform and a sixth consecutive quarter of organic order acceleration. Even with our recent ramp in growth investments, adjusted EBITDA per order improved during the quarter, underscoring our ability to grow in a long-term sustainable manner...

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Apr 26 8:28 AM, General News


Postmates is Now in More than 3,500 Cities

Postmates, the leader in delivering anything you want on-demand, announced today that is has launched a thousand more cities in the U.S. bringing the current total to more than 3,500 across all 50 states. Postmates now serves more than 70 percent of U.S. households. To celebrate, Postmates is joining forces with Subway to launch a nationwide promotion, offering $5 off any sandwich.*

Starting today, customers within the newly added cities can order from their favorite restaurants or merchants and have their order brought to their door in minutes. From trending local eateries to a run for your favorite ice cream, Postmates helps people get anything delivered on-demand.

"We want to enable anyone to have anything delivered on demand and this latest expansion allows us to deliver on that promise across all 50 states in the US ...

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Apr 23 11:29 AM, General News


Popeyes Launches On-Demand Delivery With Postmates

Postmates and POPEYES® announced today that they've partnered to bring their delicious fried chicken direct to your door. With more than 2,000 POPEYES locations in the US, customers across the country can have their favorite Cajun dishes delivered. Postmates knows that POPEYES wouldn't be the same without that hot, flakey biscuit, so they are giving customers one for free when they order through the platform. To further celebrate the new partnership, Postmates is waiving the delivery fee on POPEYES orders with the promo code BISCUITS.

"Over the years we've made hundreds of thousands of deliveries from POPEYES, so we are thrilled to officially partner and work closely with them to continue to ...

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Apr 15 2:33 PM, General News


Bringing Breakfast Back: Delivery Robots Rolling into More University Campuses

It's something your mom always told you – eat your breakfast – and now college students are starting to do just that, thanks to Starship robots and Sodexo. Research has shown that up to 88 percent of college students skip breakfast, primarily because of lack of time, but that number is starting to turn around when delivery robots arrive on campus. Starting today, students at Northern Arizona University's (NAU) Flagstaff campus will have the convenience of receiving food delivered by robot.

Sodexo, Inc. and Starship Technologies revealed today that an extra 1,500 breakfast orders have been delivered autonomously since the two companies joined forces to debut ...

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Mar 26 8:14 AM, General News


Checkers & Rally’s Launches Deepest and Most Franchisee-Friendly Delivery Platform in QSR

Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., today announced the launch of the brand’s new delivery platform, the most comprehensive and franchisee-friendly delivery system in all of QSR. The platform brings five national delivery services – Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub and Amazon Restaurants – together under one single, seamless point-of-sale (POS) system. Integrations via Olo will give guests the ability to order the brand’s “Crazy Good Food” from their favorite delivery service, while giving franchisees and restaurant operators a profitable and operationally simple way to fulfill those orders.

“While some of the biggest brands in QSR have committed to a single delivery service, we wanted to give Checkers & Rally’s guests more ways to bring our amazing burgers, famous seasoned fries and exciting flavors to their front doors ...

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Mar 21 9:18 AM, General News


Postmates Launches Postmates Party, Allowing Consumers to Share and Save on Popular Restaurants 

Postmates, the leader in delivering anything you want on-demand, today introduced Postmates Party, an innovative new product that gives customers a fun way to save money on popular restaurants like Shake Shack. When in the app, Postmates Party shows customers a list of places that people in their neighborhood are ordering from at that exact moment. By joining the Party, customers can share the delivery from popular restaurants and get free delivery.

Launching in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County and Philadelphia, each Party has a five-minute time limit in which the customer must place their order to get the deal. To join a Party, just open the Postmates app and ...

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Mar 20 2:39 PM, General News


Papa John's Announces National Partnership with DoorDash 

Today, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced a national partnership with DoorDash, the fastest-growing on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery, offering delivery from more than 1,400 restaurants. To celebrate the launch, lucky pizza lovers can get $0 delivery during St. Patrick’s Day weekend from March 15-17 on all orders over $10 delivered through the platform at participating locations.

By working with partners like DoorDash, Papa John's continues to find ways to reach new customer segments and expand its off-premise offerings through delivery and takeout.

“This partnership extends our continued commitment to meet customers wherever they are and provide simple, easy ordering for guests in addition to our own ...

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Mar 14 8:12 AM, General News


Uber Eats Waives Fee for TGI Fridays 

TGI Fridays is partnering with Uber Eats to give consumers a more convenient and wallet-friendly way to indulge in fire-grilled favorites. From February 27th through March 3rd, the restaurant is offering free delivery nationwide through the Uber Eats app with a purchase of $30 or more. The free delivery offer even applies to areas in the Northeast that are still dealing with the aftermath from recent snowstorms.

TGI Fridays Vice President of Marketing, Cindy Syracuse, stated that, "We're thrilled to partner with Uber Eats for this free delivery special, especially at a time when our customers in the Northeast need it most." This limited time offer not only ...

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Feb 27 10:13 AM, General News


Pizza Hut Joins Forces with FedEx to Test the Future Of Pizza Delivery

As part of an ongoing effort to modernize and enhance the pizza delivery experience, Pizza Hut is collaborating with FedEx, specifically to explore the use of the FedEx SameDay Bot, a new autonomous delivery device aimed to revolutionize local delivery. When tested, the bot will serve as support to existing delivery staff in an effort to improve efficiency of the delivery process without compromising the quality of America's favorite pizza.

"Our success is built around the best-in-class experiences we provide to our customers," said Nicolas Burquier, chief customer and operations officer, Pizza Hut, U.S. "As we look to advance our business and continue providing experiences that our customers deserve, exploring technology solutions that allow our team members to do what they do on an even greater scale is critical to our success. Testing of the SameDay Bot with FedEx is just one more way ...

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Feb 27 9:26 AM, General News


Hooters Teams With DoorDash in Stuffed Wing Launch
 
Starting February 25th, Hooters restaurants will begin serving stuffed wings. The latest innovation on the chicken wing concept consists of Hooters original-style wings hand-stuffed with zesty chorizo or cajun jambalaya filling. While Hooters locations won't be serving these in-store until the 25th, the wings can actually be purchased today. From the 22nd to the 24th, Hooters is offering free stuffed wings to anyone who makes an order of $15 or more via DoorDash and uses the "STUFFED" promo code.
 
This offer capitalizes on the growth of digital ordering, a market trend that has exploded in recent years. Allied Market Research has reported...
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Feb 22 10:08 AM, Urner Barry


Introducing Knick Knacks: Blue Apron’s Newest and Most Flexible Culinary Offering

Blue Apron, known for creating incredible meal experiences, today introduced its most flexible culinary innovation to date: Blue Apron Knick Knacks™, a new line of recipe solutions that give consumers the flexibility to combine the protein and produce of their choice with specialty, pre-portioned, refrigerated ingredients and step-by-step recipes to enjoy a delicious meal for two.

“Our promise, through every product we create, is to inspire and support home cooks by bringing quality, discovery, and convenience to their meal experiences. We are proud to introduce Knick Knacks as our latest culinary innovation, which gives consumers the ‘secret sauce’––from our test kitchen to their home––to create a delicious meal, while allowing for the flexibility to ...

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Feb 8 9:22 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Announces Nationwide Delivery 

Taco Bell fans have been wishing for delivery for years and now it's coming true. Today, Taco Bell is announcing nationwide delivery available via Grubhub, uniquely designed for an even faster experience. And for a limited time, all Taco Bell orders over $12.00 come with free delivery excluding tax.

To ensure faster delivery, Taco Bell has integrated its point-of-sale system directly into the Grubhub app, which means pickup is timed to the moment an order is ready, helping precious cargo like Bean Burritos and Crunchwrap Supremes® make it to the doorstep hot, fresh and Fire Sauce-ready. Grubhub is also bringing more drivers to areas with Taco Bell restaurants so more fans can satisfy their cravings from home ...

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Feb 8 9:13 AM, General News


Pizza Hut's NFL Partnership Generates Record Sales 

Prior to the start of the 2018 National Football League season, Pizza Hut became the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, capitalizing on a fumble by competitor Papa John's. This multi-year agreement offered Pizza Hut a wide range of exclusive marketing rights, benefits, and designations that will connect the brand to the NFL's teams, players, events, partners, properties, and experiences. 

Since the 2018 NFL season has recently come to an end, Pizza Hut is now celebrating a record year in sales because of the partnership. Marianne Radley, chief brand officer for Pizza Hut said, "Throughout the entire NFL season, our fans proved ...

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Feb 7 12:47 PM, Urner Barry


Mobile Apps Now Represent the Bulk of Restaurant Digital Orders and Restaurant Branded Apps Dominate

Restaurant digital orders have grown at an average annual rate of 23 percent since 2013 and will triple in volume by the end of 2020, and the majority of digital orders, 6 out of 10, are by mobile apps, reports The NPD Group. A restaurant’s app or website represents 70 percent of digital orders and the remaining orders are through third-party apps or other types of apps or websites, according to the findings of NPD’s recently released Delivering Digital Convenience report.

Among the reasons why restaurant branded apps are accessed the most is that customers of some of these brands are more drawn to rewards and savings, while other restaurant brands appeal to consumers who want to customize their order or ...

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Feb 4 12:09 PM, General News


Buffalo Wings and Rings Prepares for Huge Wing Sales on Game Day

With the biggest football game of the year approaching on Sunday, February 3, and with the shift in consumer focus to third-party delivery, takeout and catering options, Buffalo Wings & Rings is prepared to offer customers a variety of deals they can enjoy either in a restaurant or in the comfort of their own homes with family and friends.

Gameday deals will include bundled party packs, special pre-order discounts, brand merchandise and more.

“More customers want to enjoy their favorite foods at home, and Buffalo Wings & Rings is proud to offer them that option,” said Buffalo Wings & Rings CEO Nader Masadeh. “This is historically one of our biggest sales days throughout the system, and ...

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Jan 24 9:21 AM, General News


Starbucks Delivers Expands in U.S. Powered by Uber Eats

Today, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced the expansion of its successful Starbucks Delivers pilot to an additional six cities across the United States. The expansion, in partnership with Uber Eats, begins today in San Francisco, the first of six new markets to offer the service to customers. Following an initial test in Miami, the company remains on track to bring Starbucks Delivers to nearly one-quarter of U.S. company-operated stores, with planned expansion to select stores in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. In total, Starbucks Delivers will be available in seven U.S. cities this spring.

The U.S. expansion of Starbucks Delivers follows success of the test in Miami that began in fall of 2018. The test, also powered by Uber Eats, saw strong demand, including repeat business throughout the day and...

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Jan 22 10:18 AM, General News


Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen Outlines Five Exciting Predictions for the Future of Retail

The Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail at the NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show in New York City during a dynamic keynote presentation themed Restocking the future: Kroger's insatiable appetite to play and win the long game. CNBC "Squawk on the Street" and "Closing Bell" Anchor Sara Eisen moderated the 30-minute conversation on Sunday.

Here are Mr. McMullen's five predictions for the future of retail. 

Retail Won't Go Away

The industry experiences disruption and transformation every few years, but it's happening at a more rapid speed than ever before...

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Jan 17 1:26 PM, General News


DoorDash becomes First On-Demand Destination to Offer Delivery in All 50 States

DoorDash, the last-mile logistics company connecting customers with their favorite restaurants through door-to-door delivery, today announced it is the first on-demand platform to operate in all 50 U.S. states across more than 3,300 cities across North America.

DoorDash is now live in its 48th, 49th and 50th states with food delivery operations underway in Alaska, Montana, and South Dakota. The company is also launching in several new cities across North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming. To celebrate its entry into all 50 states, DoorDash is offering 50 cent deliveries for customers in all 50 states. The promotion is valid for ...

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Jan 16 10:24 AM, General News


Del Taco Rolls Out Delivery to Los Angeles with Grubhub

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: TACO), the nation’s second leading Mexican quick service restaurant,* today announced it recently expanded delivery with Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, to all participating restaurants in the Los Angeles area, with plans to launch delivery system-wide to participating locations in the first quarter of 2019.

“We know how important delivery is to our guests, and with our Grubhub partnership rolling out in Los Angeles, even more loyal fans can enjoy their Del Taco favorites delivered to their doorstep, office or wherever they are,” said Barry Westrum, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We pride ourselves on freshness, value and convenience, and are able to take that one step further with the help of Grubhub ...

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Jan 11 2:05 PM, General News


Zion & Zion Study Reveals the Usage and Demographics of Food Delivery Apps

Restaurant food delivery services like Grubhub, UberEATS, DoorDash, and Postmates are transforming the way people get their meals from an enormous number of restaurants without leaving home. To understand how prevalent the use of these multi-restaurant delivery websites/apps is, as well as their relative popularity, the market research team at Zion & Zion conducted a new study.

The study reveals interesting findings that have numerous implications for both restaurants and food delivery website/app companies ...

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Jan 10 3:24 PM, General News


Cruise and DoorDash Announce Partnership to Test Autonomous Deliveries

Cruise’s self-driving fleet will launch food delivery with DoorDash in early 2019 in San Francisco

Cruise and DoorDash today announced they are partnering to pilot food and grocery delivery by Cruise’s autonomous vehicles through the DoorDash platform. The testing program will begin in early 2019 with an initial focus on the San Francisco market.

“Delivery is a significant opportunity for Cruise as we prepare to commercialize our autonomous vehicle technology and transform transportation,” said Cruise CEO Dan Ammann. “Partnering with DoorDash will provide us with critical learnings as we further our mission to deliver technology that makes people’s lives better and ...

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Jan 4 9:27 AM, General News


A Few Nonconventional Grocery Trends Expected in 2019

Robots in the store and cashier-less checkout are emerging nonconventional trends for grocery in 2019, says John Karolefski, supermarket analyst and purveyor of www.GroceryStories.com.

Karolefski also predicts more subscription shopping and surprising new products on supermarket shelves.

"In 2019, grocers and manufacturers will aim to appeal to a new generation of customers," he says, "by making shopping easier and more enjoyable."

Karolefski's unconventional grocery trends for 2019 are...

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Jan 2 9:20 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Lifestyle Bowls so Customers can Achieve New Year's Wellness Resolutions

Paleo, Keto, Whole30® and Double Protein-approved options are now available for delivery exclusively through Chipotle's mobile app and website

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced the launch of a new collection of Lifestyle Bowls, just in time for New Year's Resolutions. The new line includes a Paleo Salad Bowl, Keto Salad Bowl, Whole30® Salad Bowl and Double Protein Bowl, all exclusively available through the mobile app and on the Chipotle website for in-restaurant pickup or delivery. These first-to-category, diet-driven menu offerings are helping those who have committed to living a healthier lifestyle by making it easy to order delicious bowls that only contain the real ingredients permitted by certain diet regimens.

One notable expert showing support for the launch is Whole30® co-founder Melissa Hartwig Urban. "We are always looking for ways to make the Whole30 easier and more accessible, and travel has always been a pain point. It's not always easy to find ...

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Jan 2 8:52 AM, General News


Technomic: Increased Delivery Usage Shows Potential for Driving Incremental Occasions

Consumers who are relying more heavily on delivery than in the past report a net increase in the number of orders they are placing overall, according to the 2018 Takeout & Off-Premise Consumer Trend Report. For operators, this may ease concerns with regards to the potential cannibalization of dine-in or carryout occasions.

“Among those who have increased their usage of takeout since 2016, ease of use with regards to mobile apps and websites is increasingly cited as a driving force behind this,” says Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Moving forward, look for third-party delivery companies to seek out greater brand loyalty from consumers by offering subscription-based packages that provide exclusive perks beyond simply waiving delivery fees.”

Additional key takeaways from the report include...

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Dec 19 2:12 PM, General News


Nuro and Kroger Launch First-Ever Unmanned Delivery Service for the General Public

After extensive testing, Nuro's custom unmanned vehicle begins customer deliveries in Scottsdale, AZ

Nuro and The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the launch of the first-ever unmanned delivery service available to the general public.

Since August, the companies have operated a self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ with an autonomous Prius fleet accompanied by vehicle operators. The autonomous vehicles have completed nearly one thousand deliveries to the general public.

With today's launch, the fleet is expanding to include Nuro's custom unmanned vehicle known as the R1. The R1 travels on public roads and has no driver, no passengers and only transports goods. Nuro has been developing the R1 since 2016, and announced its partnership with Kroger ...

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Dec 18 12:50 PM, General News


Meet Serve, the Newest Member of the Postmates Fleet

A revolution just arrived at your doorstep.

After combing through millions of deliveries, researching customer interactions, and testing multiple autonomous delivery modes, we are proud to unveil the first robotic delivery device created from the ground up by an on-demand delivery company.

Meet Serve.

7 years and hundreds of millions of deliveries later — we realized that we are in a unique position to create our very own autonomous delivery vehicle, that pairs a patented Socially-Aware-Navigation system with the proprietary Postmates software that customers around the country know and love. By developing an in-house, design-first approach, Serve was built to respect cities, meet customer demands, and help local businesses sell even more.

By leveraging data to model the modern way in which food and goods move around our cities ...

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Dec 17 9:51 AM, General News


An Increasing Number of Restaurant Meals Are Being Eaten At Home, Where U.S. Consumers Want to Be

U.S. consumers are staying home and eating more meals at home, and an increasing number of those meals eaten at home are purchased from restaurants and foodservice outlets, reports The NPD Group.

For a variety of reasons — streaming media, working from home, the need to find comfort and shelter from the maddening crowd, or practicing Hygge, the Danish art of coziness — U.S. consumers are staying home. Staying home also means eating more meals at home and an increasing number of those meals are purchased from restaurants and foodservice outlets. In the year ending September 2018 dining at a restaurant represented 37 percent of all visits and remained flat compared to last year and restaurant meals consumed in-home accounted for 32 percent of all traffic and increased visits by 2 percent, reports The NPD Group.

Proof that U.S. consumers are homebodies is that 71 percent of those who chose to eat at home were at home prior to eating the restaurant meal. Adult, single person parties with higher incomes of $100K or above are driving ...

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Dec 12 9:00 AM, General News


77% Of Americans Would Rather Eat A Homemade Meal Than Eat Out In 2019

Peapod, the country's leading online grocer, today releases its annual meal planning forecast compiled by Engine. Now in its third year, Peapod has found continued and growing appreciation when it comes to a home cooked meal. In fact, 77% of Americans say they would rather eat a homemade meal than go out for dinner. Resolving to spend more time in the kitchen in the New Year, 43% said they plan to cook more in 2019. That number is even greater for millennials as 59% plan to cook more.

Their reasons for cooking at home? While more than three in four respondents (77%) prioritize cost savings, eating healthier is also important for more than half (51%) of respondents. Family time is also a bonus with 41% of those surveyed saying cooking at home offers more quality time at home with family, and Millennials showing...

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Dec 11 9:02 AM, General News


Grubhub Releases Annual "Year In Food" Report Detailing Most Popular Dining Trends Of 2018

While vegan-friendly bean burritos top the chart, chicken rules the roost when it comes to food preferences

Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, today released findings from its annual "Year in Food" report. To find out what food trends shaped the year (or didn't), Grubhub analyzed millions of orders placed by more than 16 million diners on its platform and surveyed consumers across the country on their ordering tastes and eating habits.

Key takeaways include

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Dec 10 10:28 AM, General News


Meal Kit Providers Pivot Focus, Expand Services in $3 Billion Market

As more traditional stores offer meal kits as a product rather than as a service, the market will stabilize and become like other convenience grocery items that sell for a premium

When meal kit delivery services first emerged in Sweden back in 2007, the premise seemed simple enough: offer busy customers the chance to save a lot of time, have access to a wide variety of food choices, eat healthily, improve their cooking skills, and limit the amount of food waste. In the decade since, meal kits have largely delivered on their profitable potential as companies emerged to bring easy to prepare meals to doorsteps around the world, including expansion into several more European nations (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom) and at least three more continents (Asia, Australia, and North America).

Shortly after reaching America more than five years ago, market research firm Packaged Facts estimated meal kits had become a fast growing billion-dollar business in the U.S. Since then, time has tempered both growth and expectations for meal kits though the future remains...

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Nov 30 9:07 AM, General News


Sysco’s Innovative E-Commerce Platform Partners with Frieda’s Specialty Produce

Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY), the leading global foodservice distribution company, announced today that its e-Commerce platform, Supplies on the Fly, has partnered with Frieda’s Specialty Produce to offer next-day delivery of specialty and exotic produce items to customers across the United States.

Exclusively for Sysco customers, Supplies on the Fly is an online ordering platform designed with convenience in mind, enabling foodservice operators to order the restaurant essentials they need, bill it to their Sysco invoice and get it delivered directly to their door. With over 170,000 products...

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Nov 29 9:06 AM, General News


Panera Bread Meets Demand for Better Breakfast On the Go with Breakfast Delivery

First National Restaurant Company to Offer Breakfast Delivery by Its Own Drivers to Office or Home

Whether you prefer early dining at your desk or breakfast in bed, Panera Bread is giving you a new way to kick-start the morning by launching breakfast delivery, starting with 231 cities and towns nationwide. Now, Panera fans who work or live near participating cafes can order a better breakfast on the go that is packed with wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit, 100% clean bacon or brioche rolls baked fresh...

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Nov 19 9:12 AM, General News


Chick-fil-A Announces Nationwide Delivery Service, Partners with DoorDash

Starting today, the restaurant company is officially offering delivery from more than 1,100 of its restaurants nationwide as part of a partnership with DoorDash, the on-demand destination connecting customers to their favorite national and local businesses.

In celebration of the partnership, Chick-fil-A and DoorDash will give away up to 200,000 free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches (one per customer in participating cities) from now until Tuesday, November 20, 2018, when placing an order through DoorDash. The giveaway is exclusively available through...

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Nov 13 1:39 PM, General News


Schnucks Launches Curbside Pickup at Four St. Louis-Area Stores

Feature will expand to more stores in 2019; Service is in partnership with Instacart

Schnuck Markets, Inc. today announced it now offers customers the option of curbside pickup at four St. Louis-area stores, with plans to expand to four additional stores in January 2019. Future plans will see curbside pickup added throughout the St. Louis area, including the metro east, as well as other geographic areas served by Schnucks.

With curbside pickup, Schnucks customers order groceries online, and at a time chosen by the customer, the items are delivered to the customer’s vehicle in the store parking lot. Schnucks is the first traditional grocer to offer the service in the St. Louis area. It is an expansion of Schnucks Delivers, the company’s delivery partnership with Instacart...

 

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Nov 9 2:07 PM, General News


Pei Wei is Now Offering Delivery, Making it Easier to Indulge in Fresh, Handcrafted Asian Food

Leading fresh, Asian fast-casual restaurant now delivers

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen has launched delivery nationwide, making it more convenient for guests to enjoy their favorite handcrafted, Asian-inspired dishes. Stay inside where it’s warm and cozy, because the leading fresh, Asian fast-casual restaurant now delivers straight to your door!

“After we re-launched our online ordering platform and mobile app, we saw an immediate increase in online ordering sales,” said Pei Wei Chief Marketing and Digital Officer Brandon Solano. “Online ordering correlates with delivery services, so we knew that we needed to launch this feature in order to make our food even more accessible to our loyal guests...

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Nov 9 9:32 AM, General News


Instacart Unveils National Expansion of New "Instacart Pickup" Grocery Service

Instacart, the North American leader in online groceries, today announced the national expansion of Instacart Pickup, a new grocery click-and-collect service. Instacart Pickup gives customers the convenience of both delivery and/or pickup options, allowing them to order through Instacart and pick up their groceries from their favorite retailer. Instacart will be working with existing and new retail partners to add the Instacart Pickup service to participating partner stores nationwide over the coming months and throughout 2019.

The national rollout of Instacart Pickup follows a multi-month product pilot the Company offered customers to enlist their feedback on the new service. Based on their positive response, the Company has deepened its partnerships with...

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Nov 7 9:45 AM, General News


Starbucks Expands Best-in-Class Delivery Experience to 1,100 Stores in 17 Chinese Cities

“Starbucks Delivers” introduced across more than 1,100 stores in a total of 17 cities in China, with full-service coverage in Beijing and Shanghai

Piloted the operations of its first “Star Kitchens” in two Hema supermarkets in Shanghai and Hangzhou to complement delivery fulfillment capabilities of existing and future Starbucks stores

Starbucks on track to expand the delivery service to more than 2,000 Starbucks stores across 30 cities by the end of calendar year 2018

Within less than two months following the introduction of “Starbucks Delivers” in China, this best-in-class coffee delivery service, launched in partnership with Ele.Me, is now available across more than 1,100 stores in 17 Chinese cities, with full-service coverage in Beijing and Shanghai. In addition, Starbucks piloted the operations of its first...

 

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Nov 6 2:53 PM, General News


Shipt Expands Same-Day Delivery With Lowes Foods in the Carolinas

Membership-Based Service to Expand Same-Day Delivery with Local Retailer to North and South Carolina Residents

Shipt, a leading same-day delivery marketplace, today announced it will expand same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials with Lowes Foods across the following North and South Carolina markets starting Nov. 1:

  • North Carolina: Charlotte, The Triad, The Triangle, Wilmington
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Greenville

Building on years of growth and momentum across North and South Carolina, this expansion gives nearly three million households across the region access to products delivered by Shipt in as little as one hour. To celebrate the announcement, new Shipt members will receive a 2 week free trial and $15 off their first order...

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Nov 2 8:00 AM, General News


Sprouts Launches Online Meal Ordering, Recipes, Seasonal Products, and Delivery

From natural and organic holiday staples to fresh organic turkeys, fully prepared meals and convenient catering trays, a healthy and festive spread is made easy and affordable at Sprouts. Starting today, shoppers can get ahead of holiday meal planning at sprouts.com/holiday, where they can reserve main course meats, fully prepared holiday meals and catering trays, plus browse recipes and tips and even schedule grocery delivery for thousands of items.

Always fresh, never frozen, organic or natural turkeys, fully prepared holiday meals and catering trays can be reserved in store or online at sprouts.com/holiday to pick up from more than 300 locations from coast to coast. Delivery of holiday meats and prepared meals, along with thousands of other holiday essentials throughout Sprouts is available to select zip codes by visiting delivery.sprouts.com beginning November 7...

 

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Oct 31 8:36 AM, General News


Portion-Control Salad Dressing Catches Tailwind of Foodservice Delivery Boom

Foodservice delivery sales grew by 20 percent over the past 5 years and riding on this boom is portion-control salad dressing, a delivery order staple. Gallons of portion-control salad dressing shipped by broadline foodservice distributors to commercial restaurants increased by 17 percent in the year ending June 2018 compared to same period year ago, reports The NPD Group.

Not surprisingly portion-control salad dressing had its highest gains through the quick service channel, which represents over 80 percent of foodservice delivery orders...

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Oct 30 9:21 AM, General News


Meijer Expands Home Delivery to Include Store Pick-Up Option Across Midwest

Meijer announced the expansion of its Meijer Home Delivery program to include a pick-up option at stores across the Midwest, building on a chainwide initiative to offer customers multiple ways to conveniently shop its stores.

“Customers are always looking for ways to manage busy schedules and maximize their time, so we believe offering pick up enhances our Meijer Home Delivery program, especially around the holiday shopping season,” said Keith Rothstein, Group Vice President of Merchandise Services. “Being able to choose between store-to-door delivery and pick up is another personalized option that ultimately makes it easier than ever to shop at our stores.”

The popular service is now available at 227 Meijer supercenters in six states, offering nearly 11 million households the flexibility to shop anytime, from anywhere, and have a personalized shopper to hand-select and deliver your order store-to-door, or...

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Oct 26 9:03 AM, General News


Blue Apron Launches On-Demand Delivery With New Pilot Program in New York City

Company advances multi-product, multi-channel strategy to provide on-demand delivery of Blue Apron meals in select zip codes

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APRN), known for delivering incredible meal experiences, today advanced one of its growth strategies to meet a wider range of consumer needs, lifestyles, and preferences with the launch of its first on-demand delivery offering, with additional on-demand channel expansion expected in the near future.

Beginning this week, a rotating selection of Blue Apron meals are available on-demand to consumers in select zip codes in New York City on the Grubhub and Seamless online and mobile platforms. The offering, delivered in new custom packaging, includes fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to easily cook two- or four-serving a la carte meals in 30 minutes or less. In addition to Blue Apron meals, consumers can order add-on culinary products from Blue Apron premium suppliers and partners, including...

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Oct 3 9:50 AM, General News




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