DoorDash adds on-demand grocery delivery to its app

Seventy-five million Americans will have access to on-demand groceries.

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Since the pandemic began, DoorDash has been steadily expanding its on-demand delivery portfolio. Today, the company announced that it’s adding on-demand grocery delivery to its app. More than 10,000 items will be available for delivery in under an hour, and 75 million people in the US should have access to the service.

In much of California, users will be able to order from Smart & Final. Customers in major Midwestern cities can order from Meijer and Fresh and Thyme. DoorDash is adding new partners, like Hy-Vee and Gristedes / D'agostino, in the coming weeks. The company is also working with Wegmans, Lucky, Food City and others to deliver prepared meals, and users can shop grocery items through their DashPass subscription.

DoorDash began delivering convenience store items early in the pandemic, and it added “everyday essentials” from Walgreens to the app in July.

Grocery delivery as a whole has gotten a bump from the pandemic and people trying to avoid public spaces. Despite claims that Instacart isn’t doing enough to protect its workers, the company had to hire more than 550,000 shoppers to meet the increased demand, and it began testing same-day delivery with Walmart. While Uber is still trying to figure out how to classify its gig-workers, it spent $2.65 billion in stock for the online food delivery service Postmates -- clearly this sector of the gig economy is flourishing.

To order your groceries through DoorDash, look for a banner at the top of the app. DoorDash is still adding stores to the platform, so you may have to check back a few times before your local offering shows up.