Uber launches pilot to deliver equipment to Chicago restaurants

Dive Brief: Uber is partnering with foodservice equipment distributor Parts Town to provide two-hour, last-mile delivery to operators and service technicians in the Chicago market, according to a press release.  The partnership is the restaurant industry’s first between a parts distributor and ride-sharing provider to offer replacement parts for delivery, the release claims. If the program …

Uber “Betting in a Huge Way on Grocery” with Big Refresh

Much has changed since Uber integrated Latin American grocery delivery provider, Cornershop, onto its platform two years ago. Now that U.S. online grocery sales are an $80-billion-dollar category in the U.S., Uber is updating the experience for merchants, customers and couriers who can now pick and pack grocery orders. The rideshare giant calls it “by …

The Speedy Downfall of Rapid Delivery Startups

IT TOOK ONLY eight months for Jokr, the superfast delivery startup, to become a unicorn, and just six months more for its strategy to start coming apart. Jokr had plastered New York City with splashy ads promising to deliver groceries within 15 minutes—For free! With no minimum order!—and raised a total of $430 million in venture capital to continue …

Waitr Powered by ASAP to Begin Delivery of CBD Products as Transition to “Deliver Anything” Expands

LAFAYETTE, La., July 14, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waitr Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: WTRH) (“Waitr” or the “Company”) today announced it reached agreements with multiple CBD dispensaries and has started delivery of CBD products in select Texas markets with expansion into other markets forthcoming. The move into the CBD industry is the latest action taken by the company as …

Waitr to expand with new name, delivery model

Waitr, a nine-year-old startup founded in Lake Charles as an online food delivery service, has announced a major expansion that will change its name and delivery model beyond restaurants. The company, now based in Lafayette, plans to rebrand to “ASAP” and deliver a much broader range of products to consumers from any type of business. …

Waitr looks to move into clothes, sporting goods under ‘deliver anything’ model

For the second day in a row, Waitr announced a partnership with a logistics and software logistics firm to expand its delivery services — this time opening the door to bring clothing, luxury items, sporting goods and items from ethnic grocery stores to customers. Lafayette-based Waitr — which now calls itself “Waitr powered by ASAP” …

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/canoo-shares-spike-after-walmart-orders-4500-ev-vans-last-mile-deliveries

Shares of Canoo are spiking this morning after the company announced that Walmart had agreed to order 4,500 electric vans from the company. The move from Walmart comes as part of its broader goal to reach net zero emissions by 2040.  The goal is to use the vans for “last mile” deliveries, getting items from …

Waitr Powered by ASAP Announces Partnership with Elite EXTRA

LAFAYETTE, La., July 07, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waitr Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: WTRH) (“Waitr” or the “Company”), announced today its first major agreement on the delivery of a broader range of products, thereby expanding on its already best-in-class food delivery. Waitr powered by ASAP has partnered with Elite EXTRA to provide delivery for its high-profile list of customers …

DoorDash kicks off dark store-powered rapid delivery as a service

Dive Brief: DoorDash announced Wednesday that it will soon launch a dark store-powered rapid delivery service in partnership with Canadian grocer Loblaw. PC Express Rapid Delivery will provide service in 30 minutes or less from an assortment of 5,000 to 8,000 items supplied by Loblaw and fulfilled through DoorDash-run dark stores, Fuad Hannon, DoorDash’s vice president of new verticals, said in …

On-demand delivery app Waitr adds 700 7-Eleven stores

Waitr has long been in the shadows of giants. The forgotten sibling of Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 2013 before spreading quickly across the American South. But with less than a 1% share of the U.S. food delivery market today, Waitr (NASDAQ: WTRH) is looking to ditch restaurant deliveries in favor of non-restaurant verticals …