Today in Food: SpartanNash Expands its Footprint
In food retail today, SpartanNash, an Amazon-linked grocer and food distributor, is buying a northwest Michigan regional grocery chain, while Wonder, a food delivery startup from Jet’s Marc Lore, is announcing a $350 million Series B financing round. Additionally, Anjali Naik, COO and co-founder of Grubhub’s campus robotic delivery partner, Cartken, discusses the possibility of peer-to-peer (P2P) robotic food and beverage deliveries.
Amazon-linked grocer SpartanNash tears up existing supermarkets
SpartanNash, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announced that it has acquired northwest Michigan grocery chain Shop-N-Save Food Centers, which has three stores in the area, converting them to the Family Fare brand of SpartanNash. SpartanNash is a publicly traded food distributor and retailer with ties to Amazon, and it is expanding its retail footprint by acquiring existing grocery brands.
Bain-Led $350M Funding Round Indicates Next-Gen Food Delivery Has Arrived
As consumers increasingly expect their needs to be met on demand, food delivery is evolving beyond the aggregator. Wonder, for its part, a mobile catering startup founded and led by Jet’s Marc Lore, raised $350 million in a Series B funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures.
Grubhub Robotics Partner Predicts the P2P Future of Automated Delivery
Anjali Naik, COO and co-founder of Cartken, explains in an interview with PYMNTS that the company does not see robotics as a complete replacement for human delivery drivers and couriers, but rather as a complement and discusses of the P2P future of automated deliveries.