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Aldi Tests Ecommerce Platform: Food Chain Snapshot

by Staff, on Nov 18, 2022 7:30:00 AM

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Aldi is developing an online grocery platform that will provide pick-up and delivery service in as little as an hour to stores like this one in its chain of 2,100 stores in 38 states.

Aldi is consistently looking for new ways to save its customers time and money. To that end, Aldi is developing an online grocery platform that will provide pick-up and delivery service in as little as an hour across the supermarket chain of 2,100 stores in 38 states. This is according to Boris Lokschin, CEO of Spryker, a German e-commerce technology company that is working with Aldi on the initiative.

Aldi is a member of Food Shippers of America.

Aldi and Spryker are currently testing the new digital commerce platform with a select group of U.S. customers and is planned to be rolled out nationally in a phased approach. The project is moving ahead as Aldi seeks to highlight its focus on low prices amid persistent grocery inflation and concerns that a recession may be looming on the horizon.

“Our partnership with Spryker will allow our shoppers another way to access the incredible value they expect from ALDI,” says Scott Patton, ALDI's Vice President of National Buying.

“Spryker’s composable and headless commerce platform offers a best-of-breed approach, providing enterprises with the flexibility and scalability needed to adjust to a constantly changing market, accelerating digital growth and transformation, and providing consumers with a more seamless and simple shopping experience,” says Boris Lokschin, Co-founder and CEO at Spryker.

Aldi describes this as a “new online food & grocery shopping experience.” But the e-commerce service the companies are working on together represents a departure from Aldi’s traditional dependence on Instacart to manage its online grocery operations. For years, Aldi has completely outsourced its online grocery services to Instacart, which provides inbound order handling as well as labor to fulfill those orders regardless of the fulfillment channel shoppers choose. According to its website, Aldi currently offers curbside pickup in partnership with Instacart at almost 700 of its approximately 2,000 stores in 38 states. In addition, shoppers can place orders for delivery at about 95 percent of Aldi’s U.S. locations.

The impact this new online grocery platform will certainly have an impact on the retailer’s supply chain – but that impact remains to be seen.

Additional Information Source:
Aldi U.S. and Spryker: Joint development of digital commerce platform

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