Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service, on Wednesday announced that it has named former Starbucks executive Joe Manning to lead business development with retailers and suppliers.
In his previous role as director of business development for Starbucks, Manning led the integration of licensed Starbucks stores into national grocery chains including Kroger, Safeway and Target. He also led the consumer packaged goods integration of Starbucks coffees onto supermarket shelves on the West Coast.
“For the past year, I have been watching Shipt closely, and I am thrilled to now be a member of the team,” Manning said in a statement. “Based on Shipt’s emerging priorities, we are ready to pursue partnerships aggressively with grocers, retailers and consumer products companies. The Shipt platform enables grocers and manufacturers to extend their brand promise through delivery all the way to the customers’ homes.”
Through the Shipt app, members shop a full selection of groceries, note any preferences, choose a one-hour delivery window for their groceries to be delivered and pay for their order. Shipt connects members with local shoppers to shop at partner grocers, hand pick their items and deliver them to the member’s home or office as soon as one hour after the order. Shipt’s grocery delivery service spans across the country, currently operating in 24 cities.
“The Shipt marketplace and logistics platform allows grocers to serve the growing demand for grocery delivery. With the addition of Joe, we are positioned to forge additional partnerships and further our mission of simplifying lives for families and helping grocers grow their incremental sales,” Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt, said in a statement. “I am confident that Joe’s experience developing relationships with national and regional grocers will lead to a number of key relationships that will move our company forward, helping us expand our footprint across the country.”
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