Loyalty360 Reads: December 10 | Fedex Forecasts Record Deliveries; Ahold Delhaize Offer 30 Minute Deliveries; and More

Fedex Forecasts Another Year of Record Holiday Deliveries
FedEx forecasts Monday will be its busiest day of the 2021 holiday season.

“We’ve seen a lot of people actually starting their Christmas shopping in the month of October, which is fundamentally different than we have seen traditionally in the past,” Ryan Kelly, vice president of global e-commerce at FedEx told CNBC. “What you see is a lot of messaging about shop and ship early, pulling sales forward, pulling promotions forward. A lot of retailers have really leaned into that this year.”
Ahold Delhaize Chains Will Offer 30 Minute Deliveries
Thirty-minute delivery will be available through Instacart at every Ahold Delhaize supermarket chain, including Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Food Lion and Hannaford, per a Tuesday (Dec. 7) report from Supermarket News.

Instacart said that virtual convenience storefronts like Giant Food Convenience, Food Lion Now and Hannaford Now would also be joining in the rapid sharing of convenience items and household essentials. Stop & Shop, the largest Ahold Delhaize supermarket, rolled out its delivery service in October. Meanwhile, The Giant Company debuted a 30-minute delivery service in late September.
Wegmans Sets its Sights on a Diesel-Free Fleet
Wegmans is on a sustainability mission that has the grocer rethinking its entire transportation fleet.

We’re “looking at ways to eliminate diesel anywhere we can,” says Wegmans’ Matt Harris, sustainability manager for energy and fleet technology in a new video on the company’s website. The Rochester, N.Y.-based grocer says it has switched its focus from diesel efficiency to diesel elimination through the use of alternative fuels, electrification and collaborative partnerships with technology suppliers.
Uber's New Holiday Hub to Deliver Christmas Trees
Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) announced the expansion of their seasonal delivery offerings with the brand new Holiday hub on the Uber Eats platform. The first-of-its-kind category will expand and rotate seasonally throughout 2022 and beyond to accommodate various holidays, making it easier than ever for consumers to have holiday needs delivered right to their door.

The new hub will also be home to Uber's recently launched Holiday Shop, which will offer on-demand delivery and pick-up of Christmas trees and more to customers in Los Angeles, San Diego, West Palm Beach as well as wreaths in New York City this holiday season. The exclusive partnership with Proper Companies' holiday division (which includes Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees and Mr. Jack O' Lanterns Pumpkin Patch), features 2-4 foot trees, wreaths (in NYC only) and tree preservative for delivery, as well as 5-10 foot trees for pick-up.

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