SAN FRANCISCO—DoorDash is now offering express grocery delivery in less than 30 minutes via a partnership with the supermarket chain Albertsons Companies, following a successful trial run that began last summer.
The service is available in 20+ major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Denver and Seattle, and customers can access express grocery delivery from their local Albertsons Cos. banner stores including Safeway, Vons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco and Tom Thumb. DoorDash plans to expand this offering to additional Albertsons Cos. banners in the coming weeks.
Albertsons Cos. will offer more than 6,000 items for express grocery delivery nationwide, from fresh produce, dairy and eggs, to snacks, packaged goods and frozen foods. DoorDash customers will receive Albertsons Cos. loyalty pricing and promotions on express grocery orders where available, and Albertsons Cos. local banner loyalty program members, such as Albertsons for U and Safeway for U, can choose to link their account in the DoorDash app to earn loyalty points on purchases.
“We know that speed, selection and affordability remain paramount for consumers when it comes to getting everything in their neighborhood delivered on-demand, and that's why we're proud to launch our new express grocery delivery service with Albertsons to bring their wide selection of groceries to consumers' doorsteps in under 30 minutes," said Fuad Hannon, vice president of new verticals at DoorDash. “Leveraging our extensive logistics network and Albertsons Cos. selection of groceries, we are creating a one-stop shop for consumers nationwide to access all the items they need, delivered to their doorstep right when they need it.”
Albertsons Cos.' banners are available on DashPass, DoorDash's membership program that offers members $0 delivery fees and reduced service fees from thousands of restaurants, grocery, convenience and retail stores nationwide. DashPass members can enjoy these benefits on all eligible express grocery orders with a subtotal of $12 or more from Albertsons Cos.
The announcement builds on DoorDash and Albertsons Cos.' existing partnership. The grocery store was the first to partner with the app on its DoubleDash offer.
DoorDash's introduction of express grocery delivery with Albertsons comes on the heels of its ultra-fast grocery delivery offering of deliveries in 10-15 minutes from select DashMart locations.
“DoorDash is committed to empowering merchants with the tools and technology they need to meet customers' rising expectations for convenience and will continue to glean insights from ultra-fast grocery delivery and apply them to its express grocery offering,” wrote DoorDash in the release. “This is just the beginning of the steps DoorDash is taking to prioritize faster delivery times for customers and will continue to expand its express grocery service with merchants in the coming months.”
Last year, Sheetz said it had partnered with DoorDash for on-demand delivery of convenience items from the convenience retailer’s stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
NACS Magazine covered the tradeoffs between using third-party delivery services and using store-owned services in “Delivery Dilemma” in the September 2021 issue and how third-party providers bring new consumers to c-stores but at a cost in “Delivering Convenience” in the December 2021 issue.