As the pandemic recedes, third-party delivery companies like DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats, which all remain unprofitable, are facing something of an existential crisis.
We’ve heard the warnings for months: Inflation is coming to grocery, to the housing market, to anything with a price it seems. With Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and other grocery items in particular, as the costs of raw materials increase owing to broken supply chains and reduced production capacities, the cost of typical household goods is on the rise.
Albertsons, the nation’s third largest grocer, recently announced it is discontinuing its in-house grocery delivery system, replacing thousands of jobs by outsourcing its delivery operations to Instacart.
In case you didn’t notice, Trader Joe recently sailed its way into the current culture war when it went back on its pledge to rebrand several of its ethnically-themed products. A petition (started by a high school senior) had taken the grocer to task for the perhaps pejorative way it names certain items, causing the grocer to at first promise reevaluation and change, and then to double down.
Despite feeling like they keep everything in place and static, for the people under lockdown, quarantines are quite dynamic. Measures to address a pandemic, and the way people respond to those measures, change over time and seemingly on a dime. We did not all suddenly shift into pandemic mode and stop evolving and adapting.