Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc, to online customers in metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last-mile home delivery and, through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders, reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Use of the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for Walmart Canada online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area online customers will begin in summer 2018.
“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, chief executive officer at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”
Food-X consists of a soon-to-be completed 74,000-square-foot state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing customers in the Vancouver area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
When the service is up and running in summer 2018, product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.
Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing more than 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.
Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily.