Meijer is expanding on-demand delivery offerings through a partnership with Uber and Uber Eats at nearly 250 of the retailer’s locations across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Customers can choose same-day delivery for items including fresh produce, prepared meals and holiday staples while shopping on the Uber Eats app, and these Meijer locations also will be featured within the Uber Holiday Shop.
“Meijer is known for freshness — fresh food, fresh thinking and a focus on innovation makes them a natural partner for Uber,” said Christian Freese, Head of Grocery and New Verticals for Uber’s U.S. and Canada business in a statement.
Developing its grocery business has been a priority for Meijer in 2022, and the focus will carry into 2023 with the debut of its smaller-format grocery stores in January.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer also has deployed two of the first battery electric semitrucks outside of California with the introduction of the Freightliner eCascadia as part of its 250-truck fleet. This also will be the first time a retailer tests the cold-weather performance test of the eCascadia in the U.S.
Meijer is tracking the semis’ performance as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The trucks will be used to make daily deliveries to Meijer supercenters located within 200 miles of the DC. The vehicles made their inaugural trips to deliver 44,000 pounds of food donations to Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.
“Our company’s earliest beginnings were marked by doing what’s right while keeping an eye toward innovation,” said Rick Keyes, President and CEO of Meijer in a statement. “That philosophy still guides us today and is exemplified by our company’s commitment to lessening our carbon footprint. We’re excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Freightliner to pave a sustainable future for the industry.”