BURLINGAME, Calif., March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Online grocer Farmstead announced today that it has partnered with Circle K, a global leader in convenience and mobility, to explore innovative supply chain, distribution, e-commerce fulfillment and marketing models.
Farmstead is the first online grocery brand to offer fresh produce, locally sourced fare plus national brands, delivered for free, at better prices than local supermarkets.
The partnership is expected to bring notable advancements to both parties’ operations:
- Opening up new formats for e-commerce fulfillment in U.S. suburbs using Farmstead’s Grocery OS tech stack and Circle K’s retail footprint
- Improving Farmstead’s national supply chain for non-perishables and convenience items
- Collaborating on distribution
- Co-marketing across a variety of new projects
In addition to forging a commercial agreement with Farmstead, Circle K has made an equity investment in the company via its Circle K Venture Fund, which was created to invest in companies developing forward-looking solutions that are shaping the future of convenience.
“The convenience landscape is changing dramatically,” said Kevin Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer at Alimentation Couche-Tard, parent company of Circle K.
“At Circle K, we are constantly innovating and exploring new technology that helps us deliver on our mission to make our customers’ lives a little easier every day. When we met the Farmstead team, we saw an opportunity to partner with them, exploring and learning about the new behavior of our U.S. suburban consumers using e-commerce and last-mile systems that lead to actual long-term profitability.”
“We’re also proud to have invested in Farmstead, as part of our effort to cultivate and support retail innovation that transforms the customer experience in our stores and beyond,” Lewis continued. “Getting in on the ground floor on industry-leading new technology is a key element of Circle K’s innovation strategy as we continue to grow.”
Pradeep Elankumaran, co-founder and CEO at Farmstead, said, “We are in the early innings of significant change in the U.S. food system, which requires new supply and technological alliances. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Circle K on that journey, with its scale and decades of multinational experience in the convenience industry, and to be advancing with Circle K as an investor.”
Farmstead is the first online grocery brand to offer fresh produce, locally sourced fare plus national brands, delivered for free, at better prices than local supermarkets — helping suburban mid-market shoppers save precious time and money. Farmstead broke the typical grocery e-commerce model and re-built it from scratch, creating its own proprietary tech stack (Grocery OS) which orchestrates its dark warehouses. Farmstead uses proprietary data and code to reinvent perishable supply chains, reduce last-mile fulfillment costs, operate at best-in-class efficiency and reliability, and reach per-market profitability fast in challenging U.S. suburban markets. Farmstead also licenses its Grocery OS software to other grocers to help them navigate a dramatically changing industry. Learn more about how Farmstead is reinventing grocery e-commerce at farmsteadapp.com.