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Carrefour taps courier app for half-hour grocery delivery

Supermarket chain Carrefour is tapping into the network of Spanish start-up Glovo to offer half-hour grocery delivery.

Customers in France, Spain, Italy and Argentina can now place an order from a selection of 2500 products hosted on the Glovo platform.

The partnership will begin operating by early October and will expand to other cities in the chosen countries later.

Carrefour said the partnership would complement existing services such as its express one-hour delivery service.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, executive director of ecommerce, data and digital transformation at Carrefour, said: “Carrefour is constantly looking for ways to deliver innovative services that make customers’ daily shopping experience easier.”

Oscar Pierre, CEO of Glovo, said: “Glovo is enjoying strong growth and has big ambitions. Our goal is to make grocery shopping faster, smoother and more convenient than ever before for the customer. Our partnership with Carrefour will allow us to do this, building on this new vertical and helping us drive growth further around the world.”

Built around an app, Glovo operates through a network of independent couriers called “Glovers”. The customer orders a product from any shop or restaurant, with the Glover travelling to the store, purchasing the goods and then shipping them to the customer. It was founded in 2015 and is now available in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Peru, Romania, Ecuador, Argentina and Ukraine.