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DoorDash partners with Albertsons to expand grocery delivery service

June 21 (UPI) -- DoorDash announced Monday a partnership with Albertsons to deliver groceries on demand.

The new partnership expands the food delivery app's service to nearly 2,000 Albertsons stores countrywide, including Safeway, Vons and Jewel-Osco, according to the announcement.

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The partnership will offer more than 40,000 grocery items from stores for delivery, including fresh and prepared food, floral and convenience items, through the DoorDash app.

"Consumers' desire to get everything in their neighborhood on-demand has increased dramatically," DoorDash head of New Verticals Fuad Hannon said in a statement. "We are thrilled to partner with Albertsons, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the world, as they expand their already strong local footprint beyond their four walls to offer consumers convenient access to on-demand grocery delivery. ... Leveraging our extensive logistics network and Albertsons wide selection of fresh groceries, we are creating a one-stop shop for customers to access any of the essentials they need, delivered to their doorstop within an hour."

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DoorDash noted a special offer for its account holders of 40% off (up to $40 off) with code GROCERY on the first Albertsons grocery order through its app to celebrate the new partnership, starting now through June 30.

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DoorDash also announced partnership with Albertsons to offer a digital gaming experience, "In the Bag," which prompts users to virtually fill their grocery bags with as many groceries as possible without running out of space. The top scoring player will receive $5,000 credit for purchases on DoorDash, the company said.

DoorDash moved beyond restaurant-to-home delivery to also deliver groceries, flowers, pet supplies, and convenience store products amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reported.

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"Grocery delivery is really at its infancy, and what the pandemic did was really accelerated the need to get more things inside the neighborhood brought to you," DoorDash CEO Tony Xu told CNBC's "TechCheck."

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