On-Demand Delivery Updates – Oyelabs’ Weekly Roundup May 2021

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On-Demand Delivery Updates – Oyelabs’ Weekly Roundup May 2021

Last Updated on May 26, 2021

  • Drizly Launches On Demand Delivery in St.Joseph , Missouri

(May. 24, 2021)

Drizly , North America’s largest e-commerce alcohol marketplace has announced its availability to residents of St. Joseph, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

In partnership with Speedy’s Convenience, adults of legal drinking age can now shop the Drizly app or website for the area’s widest selection of beer, wine and spirits.Consumers of legal drinking age across Missouri, and a total of 1,400+ cities across North America, can visit Drizly.com or download the Drizly app (App Store andGoogle Play) to shop inventory from local retailers for beer, wine and spirits delivered on demand.

Retailers in the area interested in alcohol e-commerce can visit BevAlc Insights, Drizly’s comprehensive resource for retailers to access data and insights about the beverage alcohol industry and its fast-growing online segment.

  • The European Grocery Delivery Startup, Gorillas is now coming to the US!  (May 24, 2021)

The on-demand grocery delivery startup Gorillas which is the fastest European startup to reach Unicorn status is launching its operations in the US from May 30th ,2021.

Providing on-demand grocery delivery service in ten minutes or less, Gorillas will begin its U.S. expansion with service in Bushwick, which includes parts of Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, which includes the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods, with plans to expand to additional areas of New York City and other major cities.

Online grocery shopping has skyrocketed up 230 percent compared to the pre-pandemic levels. With Gorillas’ convenience and exceptional customer service, coupled with its established success in Europe, the e-grocery startup is in a prime position to further accelerate online grocery adoption, which is expected to reach more than half of U.S. consumers by 2022.

Related read – How To Build Dark Grocery Store App Like Gorillas

  • DoorDash and Rite Aid Partner for On-Demand Delivery!

(May 18,2021)

The third party delivery service provider, Doordash and the Drugstore chain, Rite Aid have teamed up to provide Rite Aid customers with same day delivery of health and wellness products.

Consumers can now order products on the DoorDash platform from more than 2,100 Rite Aid locations across 17 states through the DoorDash app or website, with average delivery in less than an hour, according to a press release.Available products number more than 24,000 items, from grocery items such as milk to pain relievers and beauty supplies.

Rite Aid is available on DoorDash’s subscription service DashPass on all orders of $12 or more.

Related read – How To Make An App Like DoorDash in 2021

  • Post Pandemic, Alcohol Delivery is now going Mainstream!

(May 20, 2021)

Many states and cities have loosened laws to allow delivery of alcohol and prepared cocktails during the early days of the pandemic, and now that the case numbers are dropping and society is reopening, many of those governing bodies are extending those changes or making them permanent.

In recent months, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia—among other states and cities—have passed bills either extending or making permanent laws that allow alcohol delivery from restaurants, bars and, in some cases, liquor stores.

This has become a big boost for the on demand delivery market and is gradually working towards normalising alcohol delivery across USA.

Related read – Create An On-Demand Liquor Delivery App Like Drizly

  • Waitr and Potbelly Corporation team up for New Partnership

(May 24,2021)

Waitr,a leader in on-demand food ordering and delivery, announced today a new partnership with Potbelly Corporation, the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop. 

Customers of Waitr and Bite Squad can now order their favorite foods from 46 Potbelly Sandwich Shops across Minneapolis and Texas and have it delivered for the first time using the popular apps.

During the first quarter of 2021, Waitr has strengthened its market presence in the on-demand delivery sector, adding a wide range of national brands like Potbelly and delivery-only “virtual” restaurant concepts to its platform. In addition to its diverse restaurant selection, Waitr has also expanded its delivery reach in many of its top regions, launching in new underserved cities and towns.

  • 7-Eleven & Instacart Join Hands for 30 Minute Delivery!

(May 24,2021)

7- eleven is further expanding its collaboration with on-demand grocery delivery platform InstaCart to nearly 4000 new stores across the country.

 After this expansion, Instacart now delivers from nearly 6000, 7- Eleven stores allowing nearly 60 million U.S. households to get the convenience goods they need in as few as 30 minutes.

Post-expansion, 7-Eleven delivery via Instacart is available in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Alcohol delivery is available in seven of these states — California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Ohio — as well as Washington, D.C. The companies plan to scale alcohol delivery to more states and c-stores in the coming months.

  • Saucey Launches On-Demand Alcohol Delivery in Atlanta!

(18 May,2021)

The leading alcohol delivery platform, Saucey has recently announced the launch of its delivery service in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. 

This is the company’s first entry into the Georgia market. Using the on-demand delivery platform, thousands of residents across seven Atlanta zip codes can now order a cold six-pack, a bottle of wine, their favorite spirits, mixers and even snacks. Saucey plans to continue expanding into surrounding towns and cities in the Georgia market later this year.

With the addition of Atlanta, the company now operates in over 600 cities across 10 states. Current U.S. markets include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, among others.

Saucey has rapidly expanded its nationwide footprint to meet the growing consumer demand which was driven in part by national lockdowns.

  • BigBasket Generates $1.1 Billion Gross Sales in FY2021!

The online grocery startup bigbasket.com  has generated $1.1 billion or Rs 8,000 crores gross sales in this financial year! 

The tata group owned grocery startup is only the second vertical e-commerce business that has achieved this milestone only after the online fashion retailer Myntra which is a strong indicator of the growth potential that the online grocery market possesses!

Related read – BigBasket Business Model

  • Mental Health App raises $5.5 Million for ‘Emotionally Intelligent AI’

(21 May, 2021)

Wysa is an AI-powered mental health app designed by Touchkin eServices, Aggarwal’s company that currently maintains headquarters in Bangalore, Boston and London. Wysa is something like a chatbot that can respond with words of affirmation, or guide a user through one of 150 different therapeutic techniques.

In March, Wysa became one of 17 apps in the Google Assistant Investment Program, and in May, closed a Series A funding round of $5.5 million led by Boston’s W Health Ventures, the Google Assistant Investment Program, pi Ventures and Kae Capital. 

In the immediate future,Jo Aggarwal, The Founder and CEO of Wysa says the goal is to become a full-stack service. Rather than having to refer patients who do receive a diagnosis to Employee Assistant Programs (as the Aetna partnership might) or outside therapists, Wysa aims to build out its own network of mental health suppliers. 

On the tech side they’re planning expansion into Spanish, and will start investigating a voice-based system based on guidance from the Google Assistant Investment Fund. 

  • Noodles & Company Opens a Ghost Kitchen

(May 24, 2021)

Noodles & Company, the Colorado based fast casual food chain has opened its first “Ghost Kitchen” in a Clouds Kitchen Facility in Chicago.

The new outpost will allow it to expand its off-premise reach and fill gaps in that market, where it already has 20 brick-and-mortar locations.Customers can order pickup or delivery with Noodles’ app as well as DoorDash and Uber Eats.

It is just the latest large chain to try ghost kitchens—it will share the building with Chick-fil-A and TGI Fridays, for instance. White Castle, Panera and Wendy’s are among other prominent chains that are using ghost kitchens in some form.     

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