South Africa’s retailer Checkers partners Mr D Food for home liquor deliveries

SOUTH AFRICA – Checkers, a supermarket chain owned by Shoprite has entered an exclusive partnership with Mr D Food for delivery of alcohol to customers’ homes, reports IOL Business. By the end of the year, customers will be able to order their beer or wine at in-store prices from Mr D Food app which will…

Indian grocery delivery startup Milkbasket launches voice-buying service

INDIA - The Indian grocery and milk delivery startup Milkbasket has unveiled a “voice-buying” service at its grocery stores, which it claims reduces the order time by over 50%. The service, available on Google Assistant or later on Amazon Alexa will allow customers to place their orders using voice command. The Gurugram-based grocery store is…

India’s online grocery retailer Grofers receives US$60m funding

INDIA - SoftBank is leading a Rs 400-crore (US$61.6 million) financing round in online grocery startup Grofers, taking its shareholding up to as much as 35-40% in the four-year-old company. Tiger Global, the New York-based fund which is also an existing investor, has participated in the fund-raise along with Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner. SoftBank…

Taxi app acquires online restaurant listing platform, to trial food delivery

UAE - Dubai-based ride-hailing app Careem said on Sunday it had acquired RoundMenu and would start trialling food delivery services through the restaurant listing and reservation online platform this month. The company, which has operations in more than 90 cities across 13 countries. acquired the website and app for an undisclosed sum, and “will begin…

Morgan Stanley values Indian food delivery company Zomato at US$2.5 billion

INDIA - Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley’s research unit has pegged Zomato’s valuation at $2.5 billion in a report released Thursday. This is almost three times its valuation from its last funding round. The coverage on Zomato by the international brokerage firm was done while taking stock of the startup's publicly traded shareholder InfoEdge, which…