Walmart Canada teams up with Food-X to launch sustainable grocery delivery service in Metro Vancouver this summer

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      It seems that home-grocery delivery services are becoming the next big trend.

      Yesterday, we reported that Loblaw launched a same-day grocery delivery service around Metro Vancouver. Today, another prominent supermarket chain in the city has announced a similar delivery model.

      Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) are collaborating to offer a sustainable grocery delivery service in Metro Vancouver this summer through Food-X—SPUD’s food delivery platform.

      The two companies will share warehouses and consolidate orders, which will help reduce waste, truck trips, and greenhouse gas emissions.

      "Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road," said Peter van Stolk, CEO of SPUD, in a press statement. "We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we're offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service."

      This grocery delivery service is aiming to launch in summer 2018.
      Walmart Canada

      Food-X will work out of a soon-to-be completed 74,000-square-foot warehouse, featuring bio-digesters to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging.

      Customers will be able to shop online and choose from products such as fresh fruit and groceries, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, dairy, baked goods, frozen foods, and organic items. Orders will be delivered via a Food-X truck as early as the next day.

      "We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart's unbeatable prices," said Lee Tappenden, CEO and president at Walmart Canada, in a press statement. "Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way."