MISSASSAUGA, Ontario – Walmart Canada is touting its new “sustainable” grocery delivery service recently launched in Vancouver in collaboration with Food-X Urban Delivery Inc., a food delivery subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) Inc.
Customers can shop on the Walmart Canada website or via the Walmart app and have groceries delivered by Food-X. “It’s never been easier for customers to shop for fresh groceries — however and whenever they want,” said Daryl Porter, vice president, omni-channel operations and online grocery. “Consumers are seeking out options to save time and money and Walmart is proud to offer more choices — including sustainable delivery.”
The sustainable piece of the delivery partnership is the Food-X zero waste state-of-the-art warehouse. Food-X allows retailers to share warehouse space, infrastructure and delivery trucks. The 74,000-sq.-ft. facility utilizes proprietary technology called the Rapid Pack Algorithm that decreases packing time along with wasted space in packed orders. Proprietary delivery route optimization software minimizes the environmental impact of grocery delivery by ensuring trucks make fewer trips.
The warehouse also features several bio-digesters that compost meat, produce and compostable packaging bringing the company’s food waste to 0.5 percent.
“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road,” said Peter van Stolk, CEO of Food-X. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get fresh food and groceries from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste and lowering emissions. We are very proud that Walmart is committed to zero food waste by 2025, and we are excited to be partnered with them on this goal.”
Vancouver-based Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery is one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada delivering fresh, local organic produce and groceries. The company employs more than 700 workers across all the company’s markets.