Food-delivery-logistics startup DoorDash announced Thursday that their app will be offering groceries! The company partnered with several groceries in California and the Midwest. Previously, the company also ventured into a similar move but integrating only convenience store retails, which they called DashMart. It is not surprising with the pandemic forcing people to prefer transactions done online.
Partners and Grocers
DoorDash has partnered with several grocers in the US, including Smart & Final, Hy-Vee, Meijer, and Fresh Thyme. Per The Verge, Smart & Final will only be available for customers in select areas in California, including the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, and San Diego. Meanwhile, Meiher and Fresh Thyme will be available for locations in Chicago, Cincinnati, Sacramento, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee. In the future the company will add Hy-Vee, Gristedes/D’agonisto and more.
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According to Smart & Final’s digital commerce director Navin Cotton: “DoorDash provides another convenient way for customers to get the value, selection, and quality that Smart & Final offers, especially at a time when some are looking to limit trips outside their home.”
DoorDash is Fast
One of the promises of DoorDash is their claims of one hour delivery. This would be better than some of their competitors. “We know that grocery shopping can feel like a chore, which is why grocery stores on DoorDash will be available on an on-demand basis—that means no scheduling required, no queues, no waiting,” the company wrote on a blog post.
The delivery fee will only intially cost $3.99 for every order. However, there is a subscription model called DashPass. You will only have to pay $9.99 per month. DoorDash also promised availability of over 10,000 grocery items, “from dairy and eggs to local produce to fresh meat and fish,” which would be delivered “in less than one hour.”
The company has a DoorDash Drive, which is its delivery platform. Different chains and retailers are taking advantage of this platform, like Walmart. DoorDash provides these other companies delivery systems, which will also be utilized by their new move of bringing grocery inventories over their app.