DoorDash Now Delivers Alcohol; Co-op Expands Robot Fleet

DoorDash also partners with its first large grocer for its DoubleDash service.

September 22, 2021

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.—DoorDash will begin delivering alcohol to customers in 20 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Canada and Australia, reports Reuters. App users can go to the alcohol section of the app to order alcohol from convenience stores, restaurants and other retailers in markets that permit alcohol delivery.

"Over the past year, many cities where we operate evolved their legislation in order to permit the delivery of alcohol to residents' homes. Over that time, we worked tirelessly to build a trusted alcohol ordering and delivery experience for merchants, customers and Dashers," said Caitlin Macnamara, director, alcohol strategy and operations at DoorDash, in a news release.

"We're committed to providing new earning opportunities for merchants and Dashers, a safe, high quality experience for customers and being a responsible leader in compliant alcohol delivery."

NACS Magazine explored how the e-commerce of alcohol lifts sales and attracts new customers. For progressive convenience-store operators interested in capitalizing on the shift, it may be time to consider the opportunities—along with the challenges—of online beverage alcohol sales.

DoubleDash

Additionally, Seeking Alpha reports that Albertsons will be the first grocery chain to pilot DoorDash's DoubleDash delivery service, which allows customers to add items from nearby stores in one order. There are no additional delivery fees or an order minimum, and the orders will arrive together.

7-Eleven, Walgreens, Wawa, QuickChek, The Ice Cream Shop and DashMart, a DoorDash-exclusive store, already offer the feature, but this is the first time DoubleDash will be used at a large-scale grocer.

Amazon, Co-op Partnership

In the United Kingdom, Co-op announced a partnership with Amazon to expand its robotic grocery delivery service, reports Retail Gazette. Co-op is striving to double its online sales by the end of 2021 from £70 million to £200 million (US$95 million to US$272 million). The retailer also expanded its partnership with Starship Technologies, and it will increase the number of autonomous vehicles operating and delivering Co-op groceries from 200 to 500 by the end of this year.

“The pandemic has accelerated changes in consumer shopping trends, and we’re driving forward with exciting plans to provide rapid [curb] to kitchen grocery delivery services,” said Co-op group chief executive Steve Murrells.

The partnership is available in Glasgow, including surrounding areas of Hamilton and Paisley, and the service will be rolled out to additional parts of the U.K. before the end of the year. Co-op wants it to become a nationwide service at some point.

Last year, California grocer Save Mart began using Starship Technologies’ autonomous shuttles to cover the last mile to homes. It was the first U.S. grocer to launch contactless robotic grocery delivery.

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