Carrefour Goes For Fast Home Delivery With Glovo Deal
Carrefour has teamed up with Spanish start-up Glovo to provide a fast home delivery service as the French supermarket group looks to deal with growing competition from the likes of Amazon as well as domestic rivals.
Other supermarkets around the world are forming deals with online partners such as Amazon and others to meet growing demand from customers for home delivery services.
Carrefour's Glovo partnership will cover four countries - France, Spain, Italy and Argentina - and will start operating by early October at the latest. The service will aim to deliver 2,500 products to customers' homes within 30 minutes.
"With this new partnership, Glovo and Carrefour will offer a 30-minute home delivery service that complements their existing e-commerce offers and allows them to address the needs of new customers," said Carrefour director Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
Glovo, which competes with platforms such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, said in April that it had raised €150 million ($168 million) of new funding.
Glovo, founded in 2015, booked a €90 million loss in 2018, according to data provided by Delivery Hero, one of its shareholders.
Carrefour, Europe's largest retailer, is in the midst of a five-year plan to boost sales and profits.
The plan includes €2.8 billion of investment in digital commerce and aims to increase online food sales to €5 billion by 2022. In 2018 alone, Carrefour's online food sales grew by over 30% to €1.2 billion.
"We appreciate Carrefour's ability to deploy a very large range of e-commerce offers in France with traditional drives in rural areas (€600 million e-sales), pedestrian drives in urban areas (over 80 units), home delivery in urban areas (€100 million e-sales)," brokerage Bryan Garnier said in a note.
"And now it is strengthening in express delivery with Glovo, a business that has historically been highly loss-making and could straighten out," the analysts at Bryan Garnier said.
Invest Securities, however, questioned the cost of deploying the delivery service outside France in markets which they said were only just beginning to emerge as food e-commerce outlets.