Grocers ease on-demand delivery for seniors during pandemic

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Grocers ease on-demand delivery for seniors during pandemic

By Dan Berthiaume - 03/27/2020
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Hundreds of grocery retailers across the country are partnering with DoorDash to make on-demand delivery more accessible to senior citizens nationwide.

Hy-Vee Inc., Woodman’s, Kowalski’s Markets, and hundreds of independent grocers like Piggly Wiggly, LifeThyme Natural Market, Le District, and Matherne’s, are collectively waiving delivery fees on orders fulfilled by DoorDash for those 60 years of age and over. More than 2,000 grocery store locations nationwide will be participating to make on-demand grocery delivery more accessible to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With participating stores in almost every major city in the U.S., eligible customers can shop from local specialty markets, independent grocers and major regional chains, receiving free delivery on everything from meat and fish to produce, bakery items, prepared foods and pantry staples.  

Through DoorDash’s DoorDash Drive white label logistics platform, grocery retailers will have on-demand access to the DoorDash driver fleet. E-commerce grocery solutions Freshop, GrocerKey, Mercato, and Rosie are also participating in the effort. To minimize contact between the customer and driver, shoppers will also have the option to request a no-contact delivery at checkout, noting where to leave their order in the checkout page. 

“In our continued emphasis on safety and health throughout this crisis, we want to make sure that those who are most at risk are able to shop for their daily grocery needs online and access affordable and safe on-demand grocery options without ever having to leave their homes,” said Casey North, VP of drive at DoorDash. “We are proud to team up with our partners in the grocery industry to make this a reality across stores nationally.” 

The initiative kicks off Friday, March 27 and, depending on the grocer, will run through May 7. DoorDash operates more than 4,000 cities and all 50 states across the U.S.