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DoorDash Driver Vowed to ‘Execute Everyone’ After McDonald’s Happy Meal Dispute: Police
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DoorDash Driver Vowed to ‘Execute Everyone’ After McDonald’s Happy Meal Dispute: Police

A dispute over Happy Meals led a DoorDash driver to threaten to “execute everyone” in a McDonald’s restaurant in Stafford County, Virginia on Sunday, according to police.

James Springer, a 36-year-old DoorDash driver, was arrested after reportedly making threats to multiple people throughout the day. At 9:57 am on Sunday, Deputy T.M. Givler of the Stafford County Sheriff’s office responded to a call from a McDonald’s located at 2862 Jefferson Davis Highway in Aquia, police said.

McDonald’s staffers reported that the DoorDash driver became “agitated” after attempting to order one or more Happy Meals and being told he couldn’t order from the breakfast menu. He allegedly told workers he would come back and “execute everyone” then left in a white Toyota sedan.

A dispute over Happy Meals led a DoorDash driver to threaten to “execute everyone” in a McDonald’s restaurant in Stafford County, Virginia on Sunday according to police. Here is a stock image of a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
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Soon after the incident, police were still attempting to identify the suspect when they received a call from a female driver who said that someone driving a white Toyota Yaris brandished a gun at her as they were passing Garrisonville Road on I-95.

Another victim approached police to report that a man driving a white Toyota sedan had threatened him “with a black gun.”

“This victim relayed he was parked at Panera Bread when the suspect drove into the lot in a white Toyota sedan,” read a statement shared by the Stafford County Sheriff Office to Facebook.

It added: “Without any known provocation, the suspect raised a black handgun, racked the slide and pointed it at the victim. The suspect then lowered the gun and drove away. The victim reported he recognized the suspect as a DoorDash driver, but did not know his name.”

Then, the McDonald’s in Aquia called police to report that the suspect had returned with a gun.

According to police, he had used “abusive and threatening language toward a customer” this time.

Deputy S.M. Eastman took the suspect into custody “without incident.”

Deputies say they found a black BB gun inside the white Toyota Yaris that was identified as Springer’s vehicle.

Springer “incorrectly believed recent decriminalization efforts made it legal to point BB guns at people,” police said.

It was not clear if Springer was attempting to order the Happy Meal for himself or a customer. DoorDash told Fox5 they deactivated his driver account.

Springer is now facing charges of disorderly conduct, abusive language and four counts of brandishing. He is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail on a $1,500 bond.

Newsweek reached out to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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Delivery Driver Breaks Down in Tears After Driving an Hour for $1 Tip
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Delivery Driver Breaks Down in Tears After Driving an Hour for $1 Tip

A now-viral TikTok sparked fierce debate after an app-based delivery driver used the platform to share his struggle to earn a livable wage.

The video, posted to the platform last week, begins with TikTok user Smithson Michael, known as @deliveryguy100, sitting in his car, his face visibly stained with tears.

“Y’all, I wish people knew what it was like to deliver for UberEats, Postmates, Doordash, all these companies,” he says. “I just spent an hour driving around for a $1.19 tip. I mean, would it hurt y’all to…throw us $5?” He wipes tears from his eyes as he speaks.

He goes on to reveal that from the app, he only earned $2 from the delivery—making his total pay for an hour of work just above the $3 mark. “What’s that?” he asks. “That’s not even enough to cover gas. How am I supposed to survive like that?”

According to his previous videos, Michael is an unhoused veteran and aspiring musician. He has reportedly been recording music using his phone while hoping to raise enough money to buy an acoustic guitar.

He elaborates on his situation in his vulnerable TikTok clip: “Homeless—I’m there. This, that I’m sitting in [his car]—it’s gone. Four months behind. There’s no way I can pay for that. Everything fell apart on me. I haven’t been able to sustain myself, to provide for myself. And these are essential services.”

The video has blown up since it was posted four days ago, with over 822,000 views and over 160,000 likes. And, in the comments section, viewers are engaging in a heated discussion over the necessity of tipping, especially in the wake of corporations that pay their workers unlivable wages.

Many agreed simply that the $1.19 tip was unacceptable. “$5 should be the minimum!” wrote one TikToker. “I tip more if the food isn’t local as well.”

“How do people not tip??? I always make sure I give at least 20%,” added another.

However, several others pointed out that while tipping is important, the anger and frustration that many feel over low wages should be directed towards the companies, rather than consumers.

“Why does the burden always fall on consumers instead of these corporations? I really don’t get America’s culture,” wrote one commenter.

Another commented that “these companies are exploiting [delivery workers] and they need to be regulated.”

On Sunday, Michael posted an update to his secondary TikTok account, thanking “everyone around the world” for their support.

In the update video, he adds that he agrees with many of his commenters that the issue, ultimately, stems from the practices of the large corporations that run these delivery apps. “This is a very tough topic…I just wanted to stress the importance of the fact that it is on the delivery services, and not the individuals that are being delivered to,” he says.

While the conversation is far from over, he ends the video on an uplifting note: “I’ll be able to get on my feet soon, the way this is going. So, this is all amazing. Thank you so much.”

“We’re not done yet.”

Delivery workers protesting for increased protections in New York City, October 2020. Smithson Michael’s post has sparked a heated discussion over the necessity of tipping, especially in the wake of corporations that pay their workers unlivable wages.
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ArKay Zero Proof partners with DoorDash.com for alcohol free spirits delivery service
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ArKay Zero Proof partners with DoorDash.com for alcohol free spirits delivery service

(RestaurantNews.com)

Online retailer Arkay has partnered with DoorDash to provide one-hour delivery in all markets where the online retailer currently operates or intends to provide service.
As part of the arrangement, Arkay will also allow any retailer using its DoorDash.com online order-management technology to make deliveries through Drive, DoorDash’s fulfillment platform.
?Arkay’s tie-up with DoorDash comes as the Florida-based e-retailer moves forward with an expansion effort intended to bring it to at least 200 new cities in 2021.
By the end of the year, Arkay intends to establish service in 200 cities. Customers will be able to place orders with Arkay using DoorDash’s app and website in all those locations in addition to its first market in the Fort Lauderdale and its existing markets of Dallas, Texas.

Arkay is looking to increase its presence in zero proof liquor delivery against a backdrop of strong customer interest in pickup services.

Become a partner : Sign up your store by sending us an e-mail at DoorDash@Arkaybeverages.com

Alcohol Free Spirits delivery for retailers and wholesalers

Connect with million of customers already on DoorDash.com by tapping into Arkay delivery program just for zero proof alcohol retailers and wholesalers. Grow your business- all while maintaining compliance with local non-alcohol delivery laws.

How does it work?

Arkay will supply you with an inventory of 120 bottles in 6 flavors (Alcohol-free Whisky, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, Brandy). The merchandise is a consignment at no cost to you (meaning you do not have to pay anything). You will receive $10 per bottle every time a DoorDash.com order is placed and picked up by a driver. There is no need to package the product, just take the bottles from the box and give to the driver as is.

How do we alert you to prepare an order?

All orders from consumers will be placed through Arkay Beverages/ DoorDash.com App and you will receive an alert each time an order is placed.

How do you get paid?

You will get paid daily by ACH transaction (direct deposit to your bank account or credit card).

Enroll now, send us an email at DoorDash@Arkaybeverages.com.

Together we can make a difference – Drinking when you are not drinking

Since 2011, Arkay Beverages has been fine-tuning various zero-proof spirit recipes, including vodka, tequila, gin, whisky, bourbon, and brandy, among many others, for the appreciation of fine liquor without the alcohol.

ArKay is designed for everyone to enjoy. The exceptional taste of liquor without the alcohol content makes it a perfect beverage day or night. ArKay has 0% alcohol and is designed to allow individuals who are prohibited from consuming alcohol. Imagine being able to enjoy your favorite drink at parties without worrying about drinking and driving. You will not miss a thing, as ArKay tastes and looks exactly like traditional liquor. It is suitable for drinking straight-up, on the rocks, or with your favorite mixers. Arkay Beverages is a family-owned business and is not part of a large multinational conglomerate.

About Reynald Vito Grattagliano

Reynald Vito Grattagliano is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. Reynald is the spark behind the current alcohol-free spirit movement, having been the first in the field to imitate spirits giving consumers a sober option to a night out. He is the son of a well-known Italian perfumer in the late 20th century. He transformed himself into a successful perfumer before age 30, establishing bottling plants worldwide, and has developed some of the best product lines for household name cosmetics in the market today.

As the founder of Arkay Beverages, Reynald sees beyond the current business and technological landscape, creating real impact companies. His next endeavor is to travel to the moon, using lunar resources for innovation here on earth.

About ArKay Beverages

ArKay Beverages since 2011 is the world’s first non-alcoholic liquor flavored drink collection that gives you all the alcoholic kick, with none of the next-day sick. This alcohol replacement is a unique and innovative drink for consumers world-wide looking for an alcohol-free liquor alternative with a placebo effect. Arkay is the creator of the alcohol-free spirits category and the market leader. It is estimated that the Alcohol-Free Spirits global market share should exceed 10 Billion dollars by 2030.

Arkay Vodka Zero Proof #1 Seller on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Grocery-Gourmet-Food-Vodka/zgbs/grocery/15158378011

Non-Alcoholic Alcohol Taste Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Du0z5fuLw

Business website: https://arkaybeverages.com.

Phone: 917 657 7126 (WhatsApp Text Messages only)

Email: info@arkaybeverages.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArKayBevInc/

Twitter: @ArKayBeverages

Instagram: @arkayzeroproof – Instagram photos and videos

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHrDTMbySu6dYCLmc0AQOcg/featured

LinkedIn : Connect with Reynald Vito Grattagliano on LinkedIn.

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NYSE: OLO Investor Notice: Investigation over Potential Wrongdoing at Olo Inc.
Category: Doordash in the News Author: admin Date: 3 weeks ago Comments: 0
NYSE: OLO Investor Notice: Investigation over Potential Wrongdoing at Olo Inc.

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 06/02/2021 — Certain directors of Olo Inc. are under investigation over potential breaches of fiduciary duties.

Investors who purchased shares of Olo Inc. (NYSE: OLO) should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm concerns whether certain Olo Inc. directors breached their fiduciary duties and caused damage to the company and its shareholders.

New York based Olo Inc. provides software-as-a-service platform for multi-location restaurants in the United States. Olo Inc. reported that its annual Total Revenue rose from $50.69 million in 2019 to $98.42 million in 2020, and that its Net Loss of $8.25 million in 2019 turned into a Net Income of $3.06 million in 2020.

On March 31, 2021, media outlets reported that the third-party delivery company DoorDash Inc. (“DoorDash”) had filed a lawsuit accusing Olo Inc. of fraudulently charging DoorDash higher fees than its competitors, alleging breach of a 2017 contract between the two companies.

Shares of Olo Inc. (NYSE: OLO) declined to as low as $23.92 per share on April 1, 2021.

Those who purchased shares of Olo Inc. (NYSE: OLO) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:


Shareholders Foundation, Inc.


Michael Daniels


3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423


92108 San Diego


Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554


Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739


mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.


The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, , which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigation, and/or settlements are not filed/reached and/or related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

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Kellogg’s is introducing a cereal robot to make the easiest food to prepare even easier
Category: Doordash in the News Author: admin Date: 4 weeks ago Comments: 0
Kellogg’s is introducing a cereal robot to make the easiest food to prepare even easier

Kellogg’s — legal guardian of such cereal mascots as Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam — has partnered with DoorDash-owned Chowbotics to launch a new cereal-mixing robot at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Florida State University (via Gizmodo). The Kellogg’s Bowl Bot offers a vending machine-type experience for one of the simplest breakfast foods, and charges anywhere from $2.99 to $6.50 for the privilege.

The Bowl Bot could be best thought of as an extension of Chowbotics’ earlier “Sally” fresh food and salad robot. You interact with it via a touchscreen to select through your dairy bases (milk or yogurt), combinations of cereals and granolas, and toppings like fresh fruit or cocoa nibs. Kellogg’s also offers custom pre-designed combinations of cereals at a higher price if something like the “Hawaii 5-0” (Frosted Mini-Wheats, Bear Naked Fit Triple Berry Granola, pineapple, coconut, and mango) sounds better than what you can come up with on your own. While Bowl Bot seems to offer plenty of options, there’s some more human preferences it might not account for, like adding less milk to avoid soggy cereal. Kellogg’s tells The Verge that currently Bowl Bot uses pre-set amounts of milk and yogurt.

Applying the Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machine experience to cereal makes some amount of sense. It takes up less space than a cereal bar and theoretically eliminates the need for individual boxes and walk-ins full of milk. It does also seem like a way to further nickel-and-dime students through a kind of “food DRM.” Each college will handle its meal plans differently, but I’d be pretty annoyed if my unlimited cereal-for-dinner lifestyle got saddled with $3-per-bowl microtransactions.

Update May 27th, 3:37PM ET: Updated with response from Kellogg’s.

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DoorDash Glitch Gives Workers Thousands of Dollars, Then Takes It Away
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DoorDash Glitch Gives Workers Thousands of Dollars, Then Takes It Away

On the Clock is Motherboard’s reporting on the organized labor movement, gig work, automation, and the future of work.

On Monday, many DoorDash food delivery drivers in California logged into the DoorDash app and thought they’d struck the jackpot. Their accounts were flush with thousands of dollars they didn’t expect labelled as “pay adjustment,” according to screenshots posted on social media groups and Reddit forums. 

“This happening to anyone else?” a Reddit thread, accompanied by a screenshot of a $3,349.50 deposit, was titled. Some drivers posted screenshots showing more than $6,000 in “pay adjustments” from DoorDash. 

“My jaw dropped when I saw over $3,000 in my account,” Dave, a DoorDash delivery driver in Auburn, California who is in one of the Facebook groups, told Motherboard. “I thought maybe they’re giving me backpay.”

Motherboard allowed Dave to use his first name only because he feared retaliation. According to screenshots of Dave’s earnings history, it takes him about five weeks to earn $3,000. 

But Dave and other DoorDash drivers didn’t get to keep this financial windfall. Workers logged in to their DoorDash accounts later that day to find themselves thousands of dollars in the negative—and a notice that they could not cash out new earnings until they paid off the debt. “You cannot transfer because you currently owe -$6,339.32. Doing more deliveries will reduce the amount owed,” one of these notices posted in a Reddit thread said. Online, drivers compared the situation to “indentured servitude” and “slavery.” 

As it turns out, the thousands of dollars in cash and debts weren’t real, but caused by a glitch in DoorDash’s mileage calculator—which is supposed to pay drivers in California 30 cents per mile driven. In January, a law known as Proposition 22, which gig economy companies including DoorDash spent millions lobbying for, went into effect. The law requires gig economy companies to pay their workers the 30 cents per mile, the pay “adjustment” that led to this week’s DoorDash glitch. DoorDash apologized to its workers and said it would make sure this didn’t happen again, according to an email obtained by Motherboard sent late on Monday. 

But given DoorDash’s history of alleged rampant tip theft, data breaches, sub-minimum wage pay, and the volatile conditions of working in the gig economy, the episode sent many DoorDash gig workers into an all-too-familiar state of confusion and brought up the feeling that they have no control over their earnings. DoorDash’s payment algorithm, which makes it impossible to figure out how pay is calculated, compounded the confusion and fear.

“Last week, there was a brief and temporary error in the Dasher app for a very small number of California Dashers, which displayed earnings based on incorrect mileage calculations,” a spokesperson for DoorDash told Motherboard. “We have contacted the impacted Dashers and corrected the mileage to reflect their accurate earnings.”

On Monday, Dave’s account had shown more than $3,000 in debt to DoorDash, according to screenshots reviewed by Motherboard. “I was almost in tears. I’m fighting for custody of my kid and I got attorney fees and rent to pay,” Dave said. “I thought I was going to have to work for two months for free.”

Later that evening, Dave received an email from DoorDash “sincerely apologizing for the error,” and promising to see his corrected earnings within the next day. 

DoorDash did not respond to a question about how often it compensates workers for miles driven, and its payment summaries do not make this transparent to workers. Though the situation has been resolved, gig workers’ earnings histories still show thousands of dollars of income they never received—and they worry they’ll be paying for it when they file their taxes.

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Instacart just expanded its 30-minute delivery deal with 7-Eleven. Here are the 13 companies competing for dominance of the $100 billion grocery industry.
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Instacart just expanded its 30-minute delivery deal with 7-Eleven. Here are the 13 companies competing for dominance of the $100 billion grocery industry.

Uber and Instacart recently announced expansions into the convenience store delivery space. 
It’s the latest move in the online grocery market, where sales will surpass $100 billion in 2021.
Here are 13 companies that are also trying to get a slice of the grocery-delivery market.
See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The pandemic might be easing in the US, but competition between companies that deliver groceries and other essentials keeps heating up.

Earlier this month, Uber and Gopuff, which have been pushing deeper into grocery delivery, said they struck an exclusive partnership to offer GoPuff’s inventory of chips, over-the-counter medicines, and other items for sale through

Uber Eats
. The partnership will kick off in 95 cities in June, and the companies plan to expand it to the entire US by summer’s end. 

The partnership will use Gopuff’s network of microfulfillment centers around the country to fill orders placed through Uber Eats, the companies said. That model separates GoPuff from Instacart, which relies on filling orders directly from shelves at retailers.

“With this partnership, we are able to leapfrog the competition in using Gopuff’s network of microfulfillment centers to instantly meet consumer demand for thousands of products—and I’m incredibly excited about the opportunities ahead,” Raj Beri, Uber’s head of grocery and new verticals delivery, said in a statement announcing the partnership.

Instacart remains a dominant player in the online-grocery-delivery space, which is projected to reach more than $100 billion in sales in the US in 2021. Instacart has also pushed into the convenience store delivery space. It recently announced an expansion of its 30-minute delivery deal with 7-Eleven to 6,000 locations.

But with the pandemic accelerating e-commerce food purchases, Instacart is not alone in attempting to take advantage of the industry’s growth. The San Francisco-based giant, rumored to be launching an initial public offering later this year, faces new challengers in the highly fragmented sector. Besides Uber and Gopuff, others include DoorDash, Weee, and a variety of local delivery startups like Fridge No More and Farmstead. 

At the same time, many first-time online-grocery buyers are expected to go from “trial to habit” in 2021, according to a February eMarketer report.

“Many low-propensity buyers will return to their pre-pandemic purchase behaviors once the threat is sufficiently mitigated through vaccines,” Andrew Lipsman, an eMarketer analyst at Insider Intelligence, said. “Other consumers, now acclimated to the process of buying groceries online, will do so on an occasional basis. And many who developed a regular habit around buying groceries online will carry the behavior forward.”

Insider put together a list of companies expanding or launching online grocery operations in the US to better compete with Instacart. Here are 13 brands trying to cement their place in the booming US grocery-delivery market.

Farmstead delivers groceries in batches from dark stores.

Farmstead

FarmsteadTotal funding: $14.5 million 

Notable investors: Y Combinator, Resolute Ventures, Aidenlair Capital. 

CEO: Pradeep Elankumaran 

Year founded: 2016

Cofounders Pradeep Elankumaran and Kevin Li launched Farmstead to deliver essential groceries to shoppers clustered in neighborhoods within a 50-mile radius. Farmstead delivers multiple grocery orders from one delivery driver, which allows the startup to offer free same-day delivery to customers who spend $35 or more. The platform also offers on-demand delivery within an hour for a $5 fee. 

Unlike Instacart, Farmstead does not deliver from retail partners. Farmstead keeps overhead costs at bay by delivering groceries from “dark” or ghost warehouses, similar to how GoPuff operates. Farmstead sources its goods directly from local farm distributors, as well as distributors of national brands. From time to time, Farmstead sources directly from farmers. 

Farmstead additionally uses machine learning to ensure the availability of the most sought-after grocery products — from laundry detergent to oat milk. This ensures that consumers are never offered unacceptable replacements or refunds when items are out of stock, Elankumaran, a former Yahoo and Lyft software engineer, told Insider. 

The Burlingame, California-based Farmstead operates in the Bay Area, as well as in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. Farmstead plans to expand to eight new markets this year, including Nashville, Tennessee, and Miami.

AnycartTotal funding: $120,000 as of September 30

Notable investors: Amazon Alexa Fund

CEO: Payman Nejati

Year founded: 2016

Anycart got a funding boost from the Amazon Alexa Fund, an accelerator for services that can be integrated into Amazon’s Alexa voice technology. It started with an app for users to post cooking videos, then used some of them to create recipes that customers could use to fill their online grocery carts while shopping, according to GeekWire.

Today, Anycart users can order groceries from retailers like Amazon Prime Now, Whole Foods Market, and Albertsons. The service touts the fact that it doesn’t charge consumers a fee and that its prices are the same as what customers would pay if they were shopping in store. Instead, it relies on an affiliate or referral fee paid by retailers. Those who make the deliveries are either contract workers or employed directly by the grocers Anycart works with, according to its website. 

GoPuff.

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GoPuffTotal funding: $2.43 billion as of March 23

Notable investors: SoftBank Vision Fund 1, Baillie Gifford, Luxor Capital

CEO: Rafael Ilishayev

Year founded: 2013

A common GoPuff order includes ice cream, Tylenol, paper towels, and other things that you would otherwise buy at the last minute at a convenience store. The company calls itself an “instant needs platform.”

Unlike Instacart, GoPuff sells food, beverages, and other household essentials through its own fulfillment centers around the US. That costs more than picking orders off store shelves, but it gives GoPuff more control over the products customers order, which allows it to deliver quicker. GoPuff orders, delivered by contract or gig workers, take between 20 and 40 minutes to arrive, according to the company.

That model earned it $1.15 billion in fresh funding in March, bringing its total valuation to $8.9 billion. Some of that money will go toward expanding the products it can deliver, GoPuff executives said in a statement. Its recent additions include mystery boxes, such as a selection of snacks from women-owned brands, as well as a wider variety of baby-care items.

“Our technology platform and infrastructure enable us to expand GoPuff’s offerings while bringing more products, new categories, and experiences to customers,” co-CEO and cofounder Yakir Gola said at the time of the fundraise.

Home Delivery ServiceTotal funding: $30 million as of May

Notable investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Toyota

CEO: Louis Borders

Year founded: 2012

Louis Borders isn’t new to the retail world: He founded a chain bookstore that carried his last name before it shuttered its stores in 2011. He’s also known for Webvan, a delivery service that went bust in the dot-com crash nearly two decades ago. Now he’s giving grocery delivery another go.

The centerpiece of Home Delivery Service is RoboFS, an automated fulfillment system that sorts grocery orders into totes that can then be delivered to customers, Borders told Insider in May. According to Borders, the system costs much less to operate than human-powered warehouses and has a lower error rate than humans. Borders said last year that he planned to open a warehouse in the Bay Area in 2021.

Borders, who spoke with Insider at the beginning of the pandemic, pointed to ballooning wait times for Instacart and Amazon grocery orders as evidence that demand for grocery delivery had arrived, but he said the infrastructure to meet it was still lacking.

“There’s proof of the demand, but the high quality of fulfillment is not there,” Borders said.

Weee

WeeeTotal funding: $415 million

Notable investors: Blackstone, Lightspeed Venture Partners 

CEO: Larry Liu

Year founded: 2015

Weee focuses on groceries that appeal to Asian American and Hispanic consumers. That niche audience earned it $315 million in Series D funding last month in a round led by DST Global. Weee plans to use part of its most recent funding to expand beyond its base of cities on the East and West coasts, as well as in Texas. 

Founder Larry Liu told Grocery Dive in the fall that the delivery service used WeChat to build its following and advertise in the US’s Asian American communities. It’s one of several startups, alongside Chowbus and Umamicart, that deliver Asian groceries to customers in the US.

Good EggsTotal funding: $337.3 million as of March 29

Notable investors: S2G Ventures, Tao Capital Partners

CEO: Bentley Hall

Year founded: 2011

San Francisco’s Good Eggs raised $100 million in funding in February, money that it plans to use to expand into markets such as Los Angeles. The startup previously had a broader US presence, including in cities like Los Angeles and New Orleans. It pulled back from those cities in 2015, with then-CEO Rob Spiro saying the company “was growing too quickly … before fully figuring out the challenges of building an entirely new food supply chain.”

Good Eggs manages its own product selection, stocking everything from wine to local produce. Its goal is to capture an increasingly large portion of customers’ monthly grocery spending, CEO Bentley Hall told Insider in February. It’s one of several grocery marketplaces, including Imperfect Produce and Thrive Market, that do grocery delivery and are expanding their offerings beyond an initial niche.

Fridge No More

Fridge No MoreTotal funding: $16.9 million

Notable investors: Insight Partners

CEO: Pavel Danilov

Year founded: 2020

Brooklyn’s Fridge No More just serves a few neighborhoods in the New York City borough at the moment with its 15-minute grocery-delivery service. Employees zip in and out of the startup’s stores with scooters, and the shelf layout is optimized to make sure picking orders doesn’t take any longer than necessary.

But founders Anton Gladkoborodov and Pavel Danilov told Insider in March that they had big plans for expansion, especially after securing a $15 million Series A round led by the private-equity firm Insight Partners. The pair told Insider they planned to expand their “ultrafast” delivery model to the rest of New York, including Manhattan, and were interested in taking it to other cities and areas with lower population densities, such as suburbs. 

The model takes more investment than Instacart’s, since the 15-minute delivery guarantee requires that Fridge No More own its inventory and keep full-time employees on tap to jump on orders as they come in. But Gladkoborodov and Danilov say it’s worth it. “Our core idea is instant grocery delivery,” Danilov said.

Lula Total funding: Not disclosed

CEO: Adit Gupta

Year founded: 2020

Lula operates in the Philadelphia area and delivers orders from local convenience stores. Founders Adit Gupta and Tom Falzani got the idea during the pandemic when Gupta’s family couldn’t find a suitable delivery service for their convenience store.

The foodtech publication Hngry compared the startup to Instacart in its early days, when the startup didn’t officially partner with retailers but sent its delivery workers to purchase items from stores. Gupta and Falzani told Hngry they planned to expand the service with a merchant platform and a store of their own that would stock mostly upstart brands. The startup uses a subscription model and says it fills most of its orders in less than 30 minutes.

Sonic Plus is a grocery-delivery startup in Southern California.

Sonic+

Sonic PlusTotal funding: Not disclosed.

Notable investor: But the company says Vizio founder William Wang is an investor.

CEO: Jay Zhao

Year founded: 2020

The Orange County entrepreneur and restaurant owner Jay Zhao cofounded Sonic Plus last year during the onset of the pandemic. Sonic Plus offers same-day and next-day delivery of consumer goods and groceries to customers living in Orange and Los Angeles counties in California.

Instead of sending gig “shoppers” to retailers to fetch groceries for customers, Sonic Plus works directly with local farmers and nationwide food distributors like Performance Food Group, US Foods, and the Los Angeles produce supplier YW Produce. 

The company plans to launch on-demand delivery later this year, according to Zhao, who co-owns Gui BBQ Restaurant & Bar in Irvine, California. The company charges a flat $5 for orders under $35. 

Zhao told Insider via email that he planned to expand the grocery-delivery service to the Bay Area and all of Southern California later this year.

QuickllyTotal funding: Not disclosed, but it raised $1.27 million in March

Founders: Hanish Pahwa and Keval Raj

Year founded: 2017

Notable investors: The former Peapod executives John Furton and Mike Brennan, Home Chef CEO Pat Vihtelic, Foxtrot Senior Vice President Scott Holloway

Chicago’s Quicklly focuses on Indian and other South Asian groceries. While founders Hanish Pahwa and Keval Raj haven’t said much publicly about the company or their plans, a pre-seed funding round worth $1.27 million that closed in March drew backing from current and former executives from Peapod, Home Chef, and Foxtrot.

With the new funding, Quicklly said it would look to expand nationwide beyond its starting points in Chicago and the Bay Area. New York and northern New Jersey are targets “in the coming months,” according to the statement.

In addition to groceries, Quicklly delivers prepared meals and meal kits. It also works with local businesses to provide delivery.

Amazon FreshYear founded: 2007

For years, Amazon Fresh struggled to gain traction. Then Amazon’s 2017 purchase of Whole Foods appeared to be a sign that the company had moved on to other ways of breaking into the grocery space.

But the pandemic caused demand for grocery delivery to surge, which lifted Amazon Fresh’s fortunes in same-day grocery with it. It also helped that Amazon started opening physical grocery stores bearing the name that cater to a more middle-income consumer than Whole Foods does. Already, Amazon has opened almost a dozen Amazon Fresh stores, and Bloomberg reported in March that it was planning at least 28 more.

Those stores are bolstering Amazon Fresh’s two-hour delivery offering, Morgan Stanley wrote Wednesday, especially when they’re in densely populated areas and can function as fulfillment centers for online orders.

DoorDash’s recent Super Bowl ad emphasized its push into grocery delivery.

DoorDash

DoorDash CEO: Tony Xu

Year founded: 2013 

DoorDash, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last year, is known for its restaurant-delivery business. But over the past few years, DoorDash has been expanding its services to include delivery from convenience stores, supermarkets, and retailers. 

Lately, it’s been building its on-demand grocery services to compete with apps like Instacart, while also attempting to differentiate itself from restaurant-delivery companies like Grubhub and Uber Eats. 

DoorDash delivers from more than 1,800 stores through partnerships with Wegmans, Walmart, Casey’s, 7-Eleven, Circle K, Wawa, CVS, Smart & Final, Meijer, Fresh Thyme, and Hy-Vee. 

Additionally, DoorDash has created its own dark-warehouse division dubbed DashMart. These distribution hubs are in about 25 cities and allow the company to sell and deliver basic groceries such as ice cream, potato chips, cough medicine, and dog food.

Uber EatsTuesday’s agreement with GoPuff isn’t the first time Uber Eats added another grocery delivery service’s offerings to its platform. 

In the summer, Uber, the parent company of Uber Eats, integrated the Chilean grocery startup Cornershop into its platform to allow for grocery orders placed on Uber and Uber Eats. Uber has a majority stake in Cornershop. The rollout started in select cities in Latin America but has since expanded to on-demand grocery delivery in the US and Canada. 

Uber Eats now delivers in the following markets: Dallas; Houston; Austin, Texas; Miami; Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida; New York; Washington, DC; Jersey City, New Jersey; Toronto; and Montreal.

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