SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc.) announced today, September 20, that they will be launching Canada’s first fresh food delivery platform facility, Food-X.
This new 74,000-sq-ft facility for urban food delivery is located in Burnaby, BC, and it will serve as a warehouse and delivery platform, allowing multiple retailers access to Food-X’s industry-leading technology, warehousing, home delivery, and food preparation platform.
“Think of Food-X as carpooling for your groceries,” said Peter van Stolk, CEO of Food-X and SPUD. “Food-X leverages technology and industry experience honed over the past 20 years under SPUD, which provides a sustainable home food delivery service to third-party retailers.”
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The launch of Food-X also introduces an e-commerce grocery delivery solution that can be leveraged globally and it will use “proprietary technology to provide sustainable home food delivery for local and national grocery retailers.”
“We know that sustainability works better when we can share resources and utilize technology. Food-X allows retailers to share warehouse space, infrastructure and delivery trucks so there are fewer vehicles on the road per order,” says van Stolk.
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SPUD’s in-house team developed new technology including a Rapid Pack Algorithm that “decreases packing time along with wasted space in packed orders, picking software that uses AI to deliver instructions to warehouse packers, and proprietary delivery route optimization software that utilizes real-time data with an end goal of lowering retailers’ overall carbon footprint.”
Basically, this means Food-X will be able to deliver fresh food to residents across Metro Vancouver faster and more sustainably. SPUD has already lowered their food waste to 0.5%, which is the lowest of any grocery store in Canada.
“We’re excited to offer our innovative retailers, like our launch partner Walmart Canada, a sustainable food delivery solution, and smaller independent grocers an option to scale online,” says van Stolk.
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“The Food-X platform will enable Walmart Canada to launch sustainable grocery delivery making it easier for Metro Vancouver families to get their groceries however and whenever they want,” said Daryl Porter, vice president, omnichannel operations and online grocery at Walmart.
When the Burnaby facility is fully operating Food-X will be new 500 team members, and in the next few months, Food-X will service more retailers at their first facility, with plans to scale globally in the coming years.