SAN FRANCISCO—DoorDash has partnered with Casey’s General Stores and other regional and national convenience store chains across the United States to bring household essentials directly to consumers through a no-contact drop-off option.
Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s said yesterday that it is expanding delivery via DoorDash at 579 of its 2,200 stores and is making 50 additional grocery items available via the San Francisco-based delivery company.
“Our daily lives have been upended, and with many families at home all day, basic household essentials are, well, more essential than ever,” wrote Mike Goldblatt, DoorDash head of grocery partnerships, and Fuad Hannon, head of new business verticals, in a DoorDash blog post.
In addition to the delivery partnerships with more than 1,800 stores, DoorDash has launched a “convenience” category to provide “near-instant access to everything from cleaning supplies to ice cream pints to over-the-counter medicine,” the company said.
Earlier this year, DoorDash started a pilot run of the convenience category but accelerated a wider launch “to offer critical supplies during a time when delivery and pickup are vital to consumers’ wellbeing and to the health of our local communities. Local businesses have been forced to change how they operate, and through this effort we hope to support and empower franchise owners and local convenience stores to reach customers through the DoorDash platform,” Goldblatt and Hannon wrote.
DoorDash said it would be adding more convenience stores daily and increasing the number of items from convenience retailers available on its platform. “We’re hopeful that this new category will open up even more opportunities to our entire community—increasing sales for the stores on our platform, providing even more convenience to our customers, and offering more earning opportunities to Dashers, all during a critical time of need,” Goldblatt and Hannon wrote.
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