Retailers in Europe expanding use of express delivery services

Date : 08 April 2021

Rachel Sibson

Retail Analyst

As Carrefour, Casino and Aldi Nord all announce new agreements or expansions of existing ones with different delivery partners in the region, we round up the developments from the retailers.

Carrefour launches express delivery in France with Deliveroo

Carrefour and Deliveroo have expanded their on-demand grocery delivery partnership to France. According to Carrefour, the less than 30-minute home delivery service is being launched this week, starting in Paris with plans for a rollout to 10 other major cities over the coming months. Carrefour also operates a similar service in conjunctions with Uber Eats in France and Belgium.

In the meantime, the rollout of the grocery delivery service is increasing in Belgium with the extension of the service to Antwerp in April and then in Ghent in May, following Brussels and Liège on 5 March. In Italy, the service has been rolled out to 50 major cities whilst in Spain, the retailer has been in a partnership with Deliveroo since spring 2020. Across the three countries, and Spain where it operates with Deliveroo as well, shoppers will be able to order from a range of about 1,000 products for delivery in 30 minutes.

Casino partners with Uber Eats for express delivery

Casino is to partner with Uber Eats to provide express delivery services in 30 minutes from 50 stores initially, before being expanded to 150 in May and 500 by autumn 2021. Orders will come from across Casino’s more urban-based store banners, Franprix, Monoprix, La Nouvelle Cave, and the Drugstore Parisien. Shoppers will be able to order from a range of about 1,500 SKUs, including fruit and vegetables, dairy products, dry goods, cleaning products, drinks, and beauty products. The companies have said the partnership will cover stores in about 30 cities, including the Ile-de-France, Lyon, and Bordeaux. In future the partnership could be expanded to include further Casino-owned banners and more cities in France.

Aldi to trial service with Glovo in Spain and Portugal

Aldi Nord, according to reports in Lebensmittel Zeitung is to trial a delivery service for the first time from five stores in both Spain and Portugal in conjunction with Glovo. The trials will be run in selected districts in Barcelona and the Lisbon metropolitan region. Purchases are made through the Glovo app, with delivery promised in 30 minutes.

The retailer has said that if successful, the service could be expanded to more stores and markets in future. Commenting on the launch, Aldi Spain’s chief executive, Valentin Lumbreras, said: “Last mile delivery, especially the delivery of groceries, has developed an exciting dynamic in the past few months. At the same time, we are combining the rapidly growing area of ecommerce with one of our greatest strengths, the Aldi branch network.


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