Walmart and Food-X

20 September 2018


This week, Walmart Canada announced the launch of “sustainable grocery delivery” for Metro Vancouver.


The service is being launched in collaboration with the Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. Customers can shop online or via the Walmart app and have their grocery orders delivered to their door by Food-X.


Once customers have completed their order, they pay by credit card and then select a delivery time window. Food-X will deliver the order in reusable totes as early as the next day, Walmart says. Minimum order is $50 before taxes and the delivery charge is $9.97.


Food-X is supporting Walmart with shared warehousing and consolidation of orders. The Food-X warehouse is built to a sustainable design, minimizing food waste and reducing the number of truck trips as much as possible. For its part, Walmart has committed to reaching zero food waste by 2025.




12 September 2018

Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery options with a new US last-mile delivery pilot.

Spark Delivery is a crowd-sourced delivery platform that enables delivery drivers to sign up for the time windows that work best for them. It also provides order details, navigation assistance and other features, and gives Walmart insight into the last-mile delivery process.

Components of Spark are powered by Bringg, a delivery logistics technology platform, and the service utilizes independent drivers who partner with Delivery Drivers Inc. (DDI), which administers driver management for Spark.

Drivers are paid by the delivery. Through DDI they have access to services and information including assistance in understanding order flow, group discounts and a Contractor Entrepreneurial Program that helps drivers establish their own small businesses.

Spark Delivery is currently being piloted in Nashville and New Orleans, with plans to roll out to a few more metro areas this year.

Walmart’s grocery delivery service is available in nearly 50 US markets including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Miami and Seattle.

Walmart Foundation

19 September 2018

The Walmart Foundation has pledged $1.89 million for proposals from Canadian non-profit organizations to reduce food waste.

The funding is part of Walmart’s $19 million funding for organizations that help reduce food waste and strengthen food banks in Canada. The foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts.

Requests between $400,000 and $1,300,000 will be considered. Applications will be considered in three areas:  

  • Prevention: Stopping waste from occurring in the first place.
  • Recovery: Redistributing food to people.
  • Recycling:  Repurposing waste as energy, agriculture and other products.

Deadline for applications is October 19, 2018.

Previous grants awarded include a total of $8.17 million granted to organizations leading and innovating in food waste reduction and charitable food recovery.

Walmart says the initiative is in step with efforts to cut waste from its own operations and reflects its overall goal to achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. In Canada, the cost of food waste was pegged at $31 billion in 2014, according to a report from Value Chain Management International. That’s up 15 per cent from 2010.

Amazon Go

19 September 2018

Amazon is considering opening as many as 3000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores in the next few years, Bloomberg reports.

Citing “people familiar with matter [sic]”, Bloomberg says the expansion would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven, quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, as well as small independent food stores and even taco trucks.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos believes that brick and mortar shopping, where most spending still occurs, can be reinvented if meal-time crowding can be eliminated, but he is still experimenting with possible solutions, according to one of Bloomberg’s sources.

The report suggests that Amazon is considering something somewhere between a fast-meal location like Subway or UK chain Pret A Manger, and a 7-Eleven convenience store offering a range of groceries as well as prepared meals.

Amazon has three AmazonGo stores, two in Seattle and one in Chicago. It plans to open more in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Analysts say the cost of the stores could be one obstacle to any 3000-store expansion; the original AmazonGo in downtown Seattle required a $1 million investment in technology alone, so shoppers could scan in on entry, pick up what they needed and simply walk out.

Amazon declined to comment for the Bloomberg report, which can be read here.

Organic Garage - artist's rendering of Liberty Village location

19 September 2018

Independent organic grocery store Organic Garage is planning to open a new store in Toronto’s trendy downtown Liberty Village neighbourhood.

The store is set to open mid-October in a historic 100-year-old building. It will be the chain’s fourth location, all within the Greater Toronto Area. The other three are in Oakville (the first location), Vaughan and Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood.

In March, Organic Garage launched online sales through the InstaBuggy platform.