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• The Denver Business Journal reports that Colorado-based Natural Grocers has made a deal with personal shopping service Instacart to provide grocery delivery services in the Denver area. A successful test could lead to Natural Grocers rolling out the service to its 94 stores in 16 states.

The story says that "Instacart has been operating in the metro Denver since June, when it launched in partnership with King Soopers and Costco."


• In the UK, the Telegraph reports that discounter Aldi is plotting an e-commerce initiative, though no specifics are available and the company itself dismisses the reports as speculation.

An Aldi spokesman says that "e-commerce is not an immediate focus for Aldi as we currently have the best performing business model in the grocery sector. However, it is an area we monitor as part of our customer-focused approach.”

According to the story, Aldi, "which has long avoided online sales as they are not profitable enough, has offered online delivery of alcoholic drinks in Australia since 2013 but the UK launch would be its first foray into e-commerce in Europe."
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