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Walmart pilots same-day delivery through Uber, Lyft and Deliv

BY Michael Johnsen
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart is piloting delivery through Uber, Lyft and Deliv, Michael  Bender, EVP and COO, Walmart Global eCommerce, shared on Friday morning. "At our annual Shareholders Meeting, our CEO Doug McMillon will announce our newest pilot – a last-mile delivery test through services like Uber, Lyft and Deliv," he noted. "Walmart will start with tests of grocery delivery through Uber and Lyft, which we expect to start within the next two weeks in Denver and one other market."
 
This is in addition to a Sam’s Club pilot that started in March with Deliv involving delivery of general merchandise and grocery for business members in Miami.
 
"We’re thrilled about the possibility of delivering new convenient options to our customers, and about working with some transformative companies in this test," Bender wrote in a blog published Friday. "We’ll start small and let our customers guide us, but testing new things like last-mile delivery allows us to better evaluate the various ways we can best serve our customers how, when and where they need us."
 
For the customer, it's a seamless process. They order online, that order is compiled by a Walmart personal shopper, who in turn contracts with a local delivery driver to take the order directly to a customer's home. Walmart collects between $7 and $10 per delivery, Bender said. 
 
"At Sam’s Club, the process is very similar, with our personal shoppers preparing the orders for business members, and having their order delivered right to their door with Deliv," he noted. "Our members who have used it, love it."
 
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Parasol launches subscription service for disposable baby underwear

BY Gina Acosta

LOS ANGELES — A personal care brand is reimagining baby care for the modern parent with the launch of Parasol Disposable Underwear for Babies.

With a thin and ultra-soft design, both engineered and crafted to look and feel like underwear, Parasols aim to give parents a more meaningful option in baby care that's also highly absorbent and effective in preventing leaks and blowouts. The product is available via a monthly subscription box or for individual pack purchase. Parasol also offers a signature wipe: a thick, cloth-like baby wipe infused with organic aloe and refreshing cucumber.

"This is about the comfort through which your child experiences life," says CEO, Lisa Hom. "That's why we spent years developing a velvet-like topsheet to cradle your baby's skin, commissioning emerging artists to hand-paint our first season of designer inspired prints, and worked until we found the perfect balance of absorbency and thinness. What we ended up with was disposable underwear for babies – something beautiful, chic and thoughtful. It makes perfect sense when you consider the kind of experience and craftsmanship this new generation of parents demands from the products they use."

Parasol's Disposable Underwear for Babies comes in three custom collections: Delight, Discover and Dream, all designed by renowned artist Ashley Goldberg. The vivid colors and bold brush strokes of the inaugural collections balance playfulness against restraint, inspired by the timeless yet whimsical nature of parenthood itself.

All Phthalate-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and paraben-free, Parasol wipes are made in California and reflect the company's commitment to baby-safe materials, just as they do with their eco-conscious, responsibly made Disposable Underwear for Babies.

"We want young parents and their babies to be seen. We're creating the kinds of unexpected products for a fashionable, well-designed, deeply comforting childhood. The kind of childhood that modern parents want to give to their children," says Hom. "You don't do that by making the same thing everyone else has made for decades. You have to be daring."

 

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Haggen supermarket operates first day as an Albertsons business unit

BY Michael Johnsen
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Albertsons and Haggen on Thursday announced that the 15 core Haggen Northwest Fresh stores began their first day of operation as a standalone business unit in the Albertsons family of banners.
 
"Founded in Bellingham in 1933, Haggen is here to stay in the Northwest," stated John Clougher, who will continue to lead the 15 Haggen stores as group VP and general manager. "Our friendly employees are as passionate as ever about providing our guests the highest quality local products and exceptional service [and] we look forward to serving our loyal guests and inviting our neighbors in to see how we will continue to evolve and invest in these communities."
 
As a decentralized organization, Albertsons invests in its local operations and empowers them to make decisions locally while still leveraging the scale of a large company. This strategy has produced great stores for Albertsons and the banners that have joined its family, including Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Star Market, the United Family of Supermarkets and, most recently, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Randalls and Vons.
 
"We are committed to investing in Haggen's brand and stores, and applying our proven playbook to foster continued growth of its deep roots in the Northwest," commented Bob Miller, Albertsons chairman and CEO. "This is a great opportunity to grow a brand that shares many of our values, including offering exceptional service and the best in fresh, local products."
 
Albertsons also announced in March that it signed an agreement to acquire 14 Haggen stores that will transition back into its Seattle and Portland operating divisions under the Albertsons banner in the coming weeks; these stores were acquired by Haggen from Albertsons in 2015.
 
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