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Aldi Customers In Some Cities Can Now Get Delivery Through Instacart

Soon you won’t have to schlep all the way to Aldi, pay $0.25 to rent a cart, and then bag your own groceries. You can just wait at home and let Instacart do all that work instead. 

Aldi announced today that starting later this month customers in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles will soon be able to order groceries from the retailer and have them delivered to their home in as little as one hour.

The pilot, which could expand to additional cities in the future, is Aldi’s way of expanding its “commitment to customer convenience,” the company says.

Because Aldi doesn’t currently support online shopping, the partnership with Instacart is the retailer’s first foray into e-commerce and delivery.  The service won’t be made available through the Aldi site, but through the Instacart website or app.

“We know customers are looking for new ways to save time and money. Instacart provides easy access to our low prices at the click of a button,” Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi, said in a statement.

Hitting The Streets

It’s not surprising Aldi’s testing grocery deliveries; analysts have warned that the $13.7 billion Amazon-Whole Foods merger would force supermarkets to take delivery service more seriously.

Analysts told the Wall Street Journal in June that Amazon could eventually double Whole Foods’ 466 stores as distribution centers and cut prices to make goods more attractive to online shoppers. With that in mind, many grocery delivery services and their retailers have worked to expand their own reach.

For instance, Schnucks Markets delved into delivery by teaming up with Instacart, which now carts groceries to customers’ homes in about 100 cities.

Likewise, Shipt plans to double its service, which includes delivering orders from Costco and Meijer among others, over the next year.

Keeping Up With The Other Chains

The addition of a delivery option at Aldi is just the latest step the chain has taken in the ongoing supermarket battles. Back in May, the company said it planned to beat Walmart’s prices on groceries by expanding its private-label goods and in-house brands.

Aldi also announced in February that it would spend $1.6 billion to upgrade stores to be more Whole Foods-esque.

The new look came just months after it was reported that the always sought after millennial demographic was flocking to Aldi over Whole Foods’ new, hipper version of its stores, 365.

Some Costco Shoppers Can Now Get Groceries Delivered

To some Costco customers, part of the experience of being a member of the warehouse club is going to the store, filling your huge cart up with everything from slabs of steak to blue jeans (and maybe nibbling on some free samples).

Birmingham city council to discuss healthy food initiative, Pizitz Food Hall

Birmingham city council to discuss healthy food initiative, Pizitz Food Hall

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham city councilors are expected to discuss several big issues Tuesday, including an incentive program that could help low-income families in the city.

City councilors are expected to get the wheels moving on the program that will offer some sort of relief for people who are often faced with difficult decisions at the checkout line.

The Healthy Food Initiative,…

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Wegmans Changes Price-Comparison Signs After Costco Complaint

Wegmans Changes Price-Comparison Signs After Costco Complaint

Price-comparison ads at Wegmans will soon be getting a bit of a makeover following an ad watchdog’s suggestion that the grocer modify in-store displays in response to a Costco complaint that the low-cost price comparisons were misleading and false.

The National Advertising Division — an independent industry watchdog administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus — investigated the…

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Healthy food incentive program on Tuesday’s Birmingham City Council agenda

Healthy food incentive program on Tuesday’s Birmingham City Council agenda

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The healthy foods incentive program was a part of Monday night’s special called meeting.

This program, also known to some as the food tax rebate program, is on Tuesday’s city council agenda. The goal of the program is to target people with the most need and areas where there are food deserts.

The healthy food initiative would not eliminate food tax altogether, but it…

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