Walmart.com will soon begin offering same-day delivery to some customers in New York City, and it has purchased a local startup to help it with the behind-the-scenes logistics. The giant retailer has acquired Parcel, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company that handles scheduled and same-day delivery services in New York for online retailers like Bonobos and meal-kit companies like Chef’d and Martha Stewart’s Martha & Marley Spoon.
Walmart acquires NYC delivery startup Parcel as Amazon battle heats up
Walmart has acquired Brooklyn-based delivery startup Parcel, the retail giant’s fifth technology startup acquisition in the past 14 months. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the deal closed on September 29. Founded in 2013, Parcel is a “last-mile” delivery platform designed to help ecommerce companies get their goods to customers’ doors. It operates around the clock, delivering packages in scheduled two-hour windows, overnight, or on the day an order is placed.
Parcel raises $1M to bring personalized home delivery to Manhattan
New York-based Parcel, the company that wants to make sure busy New Yorkers never miss another package delivery, launched on Monday in Manhattan after raising $1 million in venture funding this past summer. The company is just coming out of a beta period today for residents of that borough, and also plans to start beta testing the service in Brooklyn. Parcel’s service costs $5 per delivery, and lets users schedule a delivery window at night or on the weekends. So, no more coming home to a big bag of gluten-free organic cat food that was ordered online sitting in the rain on your doorstep.