Just Eat to deliver groceries for Co-op

Just Eat has entered a partnership with Co-op to deliver groceries for the retailer.

The new service will initially be rolled out to 50 stores in the UK, expanding to more than 1,000 shops by spring next year.

Just Eat, which describes itself as the largest food delivery platform in the UK, already has partnerships with Asda, Spar, Booker - which is part of Tesco, and Getir.

The move follows a number of grocery delivery tie-ups for Co-op, which has also partnered up with Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Getir.

"We are committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to our products and services and, with our members and customers leading busy lives, ease, speed and convenience is a cornerstone of our approach," said Chris Conway, e-commerce director, Co-op. "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Just Eat, a move which will enable Co-op to ‘deliver’ further flexible options online with increased choice and availability in our communities, however and whenever our customers choose to shop with us."

Earlier this month it was also announced that Co-op would be trialling autonomous deliveries in Leeds through a new partnership with Starship technologies.

Launching as a three-month pilot in the Adel and Tinshill areas of Leeds, 20,000 residents will be to order groceries though the Starship app to have them delivered from nearby Co-op branches on Spen Lane and Otley Road.

Co-op has also launched a scheme with Starship to make food deliveries to customers in Cambridge.

"We’re excited to launch our partnership with Co-op to offer convenience grocery from their stores to customers across the UK," said Amy Heather, strategic accounts director, Just Eat UK. "The partnership will bring our customers access to a wide range of fantastic Co-op products delivered to their home within minutes. This partnership is another example of Just Eat’s commitment to grocery in the UK and we know that Co-op will be a popular addition for our customers."

In October, Just Eat returned to profit after focusing on improving its operational efficiency.

Gross transaction value (GTV), which is the total value of orders, rose two per cent during the third quarter of the year. The company said the figures reflect higher menu costs and increased spending per order.

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