This new delivery service cuts down on takeout waste by sending your food in reusable packaging

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Just give your old ones to the driver when your next order arrives. If you order from DeliverZero, a third party delivery service in New York City, your food will look different than the usual pile of plastic containers: instead, it will come in reusable clamshells. Then, the next time you order takeout from the platform, you can hand over those containers to the delivery driver and they’ll be returned to a participating restaurant, washed, and reused for another delivery. Read Full Story

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This grocery delivery service doesn’t deliver you any plastic

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Zero Grocery acts like an old-fashioned milk delivery—with all your groceries coming in reusable containers that you return. If you order groceries from the Bay Area startup Zero Grocery , the food shows up in packages that the company wants back. Common brands, such as Honey Bunches of Oats cereal or Kettle potato chips, come in glass jars. Baby spinach comes in glass jars. Yogurt and milk come in glass jars. When the containers are empty, you leave them outside your door (along with any ice packs) for a delivery person to pick up when your next order arrives, like a modern version of a milkman. Read Full Story

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You’re generating so much waste with your food deliveries. What if it came in reusable containers instead?

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Dispatch Goods is a new zero-waste container system for restaurants. Get your food delivered in a metal container. They’ll come pick it up, clean it, and bring it back to the restaurant. On a hike to a remote beach while living in Hawaii five years ago, entrepreneur Lindsey Hoell noticed from a distance that the sand looked colored. “I picked up a handful of it, and it was [full of] microplastics,” she says. “It clicked in my mind that this wasn’t an issue of people littering.” Read Full Story

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Burger King’s new Whopper packaging isn’t greasy cardboard, it’s reusable

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Just bring it back to the store when you’re done, and it will be sanitized and used again. If you order a Whopper from certain Burger King restaurants in New York City and Portland, Oregon, next year, you’ll have the option to get it in a reusable box. In a new pilot, the restaurant chain is partnering with Loop, the circular packaging program , to offer reusable sandwich containers and beverage cups that can be returned, sanitized, and used by the restaurant again. Read Full Story

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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Save local restaurants. Order more damn takeout!

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According to new data from Amex, ordering takeout can generate $700 million in daily sales for the local restaurant industry. And restaurants need it. If you’re feeling a little stir crazy during this winter of endless lockdowns, American Express and Resy are here to remind you that delicious food is still within in your reach. Read Full Story

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2021 Local SEO Success: Expert Tips & Predictions

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Posted by MiriamEllis “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh , Buddhist teacher Image credit: Maulvi My warm New Year’s greetings to all local business owners and local SEOs reading my column today. Add to this my sincere sentiments of solidarity for what we went through together in 2020 — we won’t soon forget it, and our stories from the journey contain important teachings for our market and industry. I often find that the best local SEO takeaways sprout from the real-world anecdotes of colleagues and friends, and you’ll find those here today along with my personal predictions for the year ahead. Let’s get learning! Teachings from the real lives of local SEOs In a year when we were physically distant from one another in unprecedented ways, I’ve found memorable lessons in how local business owners broke down barriers to keep communities connected. …

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This reusable ‘Origami Bottle’ folds to fit in your pocket

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Foldable, reusable packaging could accelerate the switch away from single-use plastics. If you push down on certain points on the new reusable water bottle called the Origami Bottle , the container collapses, folding up so it can easily fit in your bag or even squeeze inside your pocket. The design makes use of a unique geometrical structure that’s sturdy when unfolded—and holds 25 ounces of water—but quickly transforms when empty, with the aim of helping reusable packaging compete with single-use plastic. Read Full Story

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Report: Scammers will offer you cheap food delivery on Telegram, then pay for it with stolen credit cards

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Fraudsters are advertising discount food deliveries, which they provide by ordering food from delivery apps using stolen credit cards. Fraudsters are offering discounted restaurant and grocery app deliveries on Telegram forums, then using stolen credit cards to place customer orders and pocketing the difference, according to a report from the fraud prevention company Sift . Read Full Story

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Delivery workers and e-bikes are a perfect combination: This program is putting them together

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In hilly São Paulo, food delivery is done by polluting motorbike. A major food delivery app is working with a micromobility company to get the drivers on e-bikes instead. If you order food delivery in São Paulo, Brazil, it will probably show up on a motorcycle—one contributor to the city’s serious air pollution problem. But inside a storefront in the city’s Pinheiros neighborhood, a new pilot is offering couriers the opportunity to use electric bikes instead, without needing enough money to buy one up front. Read Full Story

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