Regional food service wholesaler launches same-day delivery

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Regional food service wholesaler launches same-day delivery

By Dan Berthiaume - 07/11/2019
Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores is partnering with a familiar name to fulfill online orders in as little as one hour.

The wholesaler is beginning same-day delivery across 15 markets in the Western and Northwestern regions of the U.S. in collaboration with Shipt, the same-day delivery service owned by Target. The service delivers ingredients and restaurant supplies to households, as well as food service providers such as caterers, restaurateurs, and other small businesses.

Delivery will begin in Seattle, Portland, and the Bay Area of California, as well as select cities in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah. New area Shipt members who sign up will receive a two-week free trial.

The partnership expands Shipt’s same-day delivery offering to the $731 billion food service industry. Annual Shipt membership grants access to free, unlimited delivery on orders of more than $35. Leading up to the launch, Shipt planned to add to its network of shoppers across the country.

“Smart Foodservice is committed to providing our customers with a seamless shopping experience, whether that’s in-store or through convenient delivery via Shipt,” said John Mathews, VP, sales and marketing for Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores. “We offer more than 8,000 products to our long-standing customers, many of whom are independently-owned small businesses who rely on us for convenience without sacrificing quality and consistency of food products and supplies.”

“Many small business owners across the Western U.S. trust Smart Foodservice for high-quality wholesale goods at a low price,” said Kelly Caruso, chief executive officer, Shipt. “By partnering with Smart Foodservice, we are able to provide convenience and ease to an important sector of restaurateurs, caterers, event planners and more who often order in bulk.”

Headquartered near Portland, Oregon, Smart Foodservice operates 67 wholesale stores located in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah.