Albertsons, Instacart partner on home delivery service
Albertsons, the nation’s second-largest traditional grocery retailer, has signed an agreement with Instacart, the on-demand grocery delivery service, that will allow the retailer to offer same-day deliveries in as little as an hour.
Under the agreement, Instacart’s delivery service is expected to be available in more than 1,800 of Albertsons’ banners across the country by mid-2018. Albertsons’s store brands include Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs.
Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods Market has lit a fire under U.S. grocers — and fueled Instacart’s growth. Since the Amazon/Whole Foods deal was completed, Instacart has added an array of grocers, including Ahold, H-E-B, Kroger, Publix and, most recently, Canada’s Loblaw, to its customer base. Instacart has also expanded its partnership with Costco.
“Instacart’s extensive delivery network combined with Albertsons Companies existing home delivery services and established, robust e-commerce offering creates a fantastic customer proposition,” said Shane Sampson, chief marketing and merchandising officer, Albertsons Companies. “Customers can shop how, when and where they choose, with the convenient option of quick delivery straight to their doorsteps.”
Earlier this year, Albertsons began rolling out same day delivery to its namesake banner and to Safeway. The company said its current home delivery network and digital programs will continue to serve its growing customer base in existing markets.
Publix announces second location for specialty market
The grocery retailer has selected Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, as the second location for its new GreenWise Market concept, which focuses on the specialty, natural and organic sector. The 25,000-sq.-ft. store is expected to open in early 2019.
Publix announced plans earlier this year to reignite its GreenWise store concept, with the first location due to open in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2018. The store is currently under construction. The grocer launched the format in 2007, and currently operates three stores under the banner. But it has not opened a new GreenWise location since 2008.
Publix plans to share additional details about its reworked GreenWise format closer to the inaugural store opening. The company did say it continues to look for additional GreenWise Market locations throughout its operating areas.
“We’re creating an environment where fresh, specialty, natural and organic food is celebrated,” stated Kevin Murphy, Publix senior VP of retail operations, in a release about the Mount Pleasant store. “We’ll have something for everyone, from the indulgent foodie ready to discover something new to the health-conscious shopper seeking fresh, high-quality ingredients.”
Rite Aid successfully transfers first stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance
Camp Hill, Pa.-based Rite Aid late Monday announced that it has completed the pilot closing and first subsequent closings under the amended and restated asset purchase agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance.
“Successfully completing the pilot closing and first subsequent closings marks an important step in realizing the full benefits of this transaction,” stated John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “I am proud of the entire Rite Aid team for their commitment and dedication to helping us reach this milestone. I also want to thank our team for their continued support as we complete the transfer process over the next several months and implement our plans to deliver improved results.”
Rite Aid executed the transfer of 97 stores and related assets to Walgreens.
Under the amended and restated agreement, WBA will purchase a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.375 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Rite Aid and WBA expect to continue to transfer ownership of the stores in phases over the coming months, with the goal being to complete the store transfers in spring of 2018.