H-E-B expands delivery through Shipt
SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B and grocery delivery provider Shipt on Wednesday announced the expansion of their partnership that will bring grocery delivery to three new Texas markets, as well as more customers in the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
"Our longstanding partnership with Shipt continues to give us new opportunities to reach our loyal customers and enable H-E-B groceries to be delivered directly to their homes," H-E-B group VP omnichannel Paul Tepfenhart said. "The expansion with Shipt allows us to provide more H-E-B customers with access to grocery delivery service."
Starting Aug. 8, H-E-B customers in Killeen, Temple and College Station can order their groceries through the Shipt app, which allows them to choose a on-hour delivery windo and pay. Ahead of launch day, Shipt is offering customers in these areas annual shipt memberships — which typically cost $99 — for $49, giving them access to unlimited free delivery on all order over $35.
In San Antonio and Austin, Shipt is adding 185,000 households to its coverage area across the two cities on Aug. 10. New Shipt customers in San Antonio and Austin can try the service for two weeks for free and receive $25 off their first order. The service launched with H-E-B in May 2016, and with the upcoming expansions will reach more than 4.6 million households in Texas.
“Texas residents have been some of our most loyal Shipt members, and we continue to receive requests from new and current metros for greater access to grocery delivery," Shipt founder and CEO Bill Smith said. “This expansion is a reflection of this demand, and our growing partnership with H-E-B has allowed us to work in our shared mission to serve these communities, together.”
Natural pet food maker moves into mass, grocery
WILTON, Conn. — Natural pet food maker Blue Buffalo — which has heretofore been only available at specialty pet retailers — is bringing its Blue Life Protection Formula line of products to mass and grocery stores.
In a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that was sent to existing retail partners, Blue Buffalo SVP North America sales Modestino “Dino” Mele said the company has begun shipments to Target, Kroger, Meijer and Publix, and expects it to be available in August.
“As the leading natural pet food company, Blue Buffalo has invested over $700 million to educate pet parents and build our mutual brands,” Mele said in the letter. “We have also invested significantly in product development to build five distinct product lines (LPF, Wilderness, Basics, Freedom, and Earth’s Essentials). We have decided that broadening the distribution of LPF, our entry-level natural pet food line, is the natural evolution of our go-to-market strategy.”
The company said that its focus in grocery and mass was on smaller bags, mainstream formulas and wet foods and treats from the LPF product line.
Rite Aid gears up for back-to-school season
CAMP HILL, Penn. — With the National Retail Federation projecting back-to-school season to be the second-busiest shopping period of the year, Rite Aid is stocking its shelves in preparation, the company announced Wednesday.
Rite Aid said that its back-to-school assortment of pens, pencils, crayons, highlights, notebooks, rulers, glue and calculators would include basics from such brands as Sharpie, Five-Star, Bic and Texas Instruments. The company’s private-brand Home line of products includes multi-colored notebooks, index cards and erasers, among others, and many are available for less than $1. The retailer is also featuring lunchboxes, backpacks and sandwich and snack containers.
Going beyond essentials, Rite Aid will feature electronics that include an 8.95-in. Windows tablet and a 19-in. LED TV, as well as mini-towers with Bluetooth and Magnavox speakers. It also offers a selection of printers and cell phone accessories. For dorm dwellers, the company is highlighting its selection of essentials — hangers, lamps, laundry baskets and storage solutions — as well as such appliances as irons, coffee makers and toasters. Rite Aid also noted that it carries a selection of gift cards that span popular restaurant chains, website, coffee shops and online music and app stores.
Throughout August, Rite Aid said it would be offering 500 Plenti points when members spend $15.