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DoorDash – Another “Uber” of Food Delivery

Touch the Soil News #853 (Feature photo – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication) There is Ubereats, Postmates, Waiter.com, Tapingo, Grubhub, Caviar and Instacart. Amidst these delivery services, DoorDash is fighting to carve out its niche. Many work on similar platforms – link stores and restaurants with consumers via a third-party driver. The competition is tough and the stress on drivers’ cars is tough as well. DoorDash sees itself as a tech company and is pioneering robotic food delivery. Founded in 2013 by three (3) Stanford University students, the company now employs (excluding drivers) some 350 associates. Recently, Door Dash was chosen by Wendy’s to pilot home delivery from 2,500…

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Drones and Airborne Distribution Blimps

Touch the Soil News #791 (Feature photo – CC SA 4.0) Both Amazon and Wal-Mart have filed patents for airborne blimps that serve as mobile warehouses. From these airborne warehouses, drones will descend upon the Earth with instant on-location deliveries of everything including food. It appears to be the tip of a race between these two mega-companies fighting every way they can to gain market share. At present, it is not legal to launch drones from planes or even to fly over people. The Federal Aviation Administration has lots of issues with the process that are far from being ironed out and both Wal-Mart and Amazon also have lots of…

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Electrically Delivered Food – Demise of Grocery Stores?

Touch the Soil News #660 (Feature Photo courtesy of PicNic) Across the ocean in Europe – The Netherlands specifically – a new online supermarket started up 18 months ago. Called PicNic, they started up with 150 customers and now serve over 30,000 households. The process strives to get groceries to people at the least cost. Here is how it works: You download the PicNic app. You order online what you want. Within 10 minutes of ordering, you get a confirmation of when the groceries will be delivered to your home. You can follow in real time the delivery vehicle on its way to your house. The service is like the…

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