Food ordering and delivery marketplace Grubhub is teaming up with real-time grocery delivery service Buyk to bring 15-minute grocery delivery to the Grubhub marketplace via branded concepts Buyk and Grubhub, announced Wednesday. companies.
Order fulfillment and delivery will be handled by Buyk, and customers will be able to order at more than 30 initial participating locations in New York and Chicago in the coming weeks. More than 2,000 grocery and convenience items from local and national vendors, as well as Buyk’s private label products, will be available for purchase and delivery in 15 minutes or less.
Grubhub’s partnership with Buyk builds on the company’s ongoing efforts in convenience delivery, including its recently announced Grubhub Goods locations available for on-demand delivery nationwide. After a pilot test in New York, Grubhub Goods is expanding to 3,000 locations across the country, including a partnership with 7-Eleven stores, covering most of Grubhub’s markets and offering drop-ship items like energy drinks , toiletries and snacks delivered by Grubhub. Drivers.
“We are excited to work with Buyk and deliver essentials and groceries together even faster to our customers,” said Kyle Goings, Director of Growth and New Verticals at Grubhub. “This partnership will make Grubhub Marketplace a one-stop-shop for restaurants, convenience items, and grocery supplies, driving more customer loyalty and helping drive even more orders to all of our partner restaurants and merchants. We’re excited to add Buyk to expand the number of options and speed of delivery available to our diners.”
Buyk launched a “super-fast” grocery delivery offer in New York City late last year. Its online grocery model combines its proprietary tech stack with a network of dark stores, or “next generation” micro-fulfillment hubs, to deliver fresh food, groceries and other essentials – including including household and beauty care items – to customers’ homes in 15 minutes. .
In January, Buyk expanded into Chicago as part of its plan to enter more US markets in 2022. The online grocer said it was starting operations in Chicago with six “dark stores” to meet the online grocery orders. Plans are for Buyk to open 14 more dark stores in Chicago by the end of the first quarter of 2022, which the company says will bring its number of dark stores to 35 for New York and Chicago.
“We are thrilled to partner with Grubhub to bring real-time retail to an even broader consumer base,” said Buyk CEO James Walker. “This strategic partnership goes far beyond grocery delivery, as Buyk and Grubhub will also cooperate in the areas of hyper-localized assortment and product management, food waste optimization, as well as intelligent routing and security to create the best experience for our couriers and customers.”
With the partnership, Grubhub and Buyk are also doubling down on their respective efforts to fight food waste and will donate surplus produce and perishables to local nonprofits, the companies said.