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The Washington Post reports that Ahold-owned Peapod by Giant "has set up distribution areas at the Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna Metro stations" in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, noting that "while the amenity is only being offered at three stations, Metro says that if the six-month try-out is successful it could expand to other locations in the 91-station system."

To use the service, the Post writes, "Metro riders will place and pay for their order through Peapod’s online service with pickup options of 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Peapod will deliver the orders to pods at each station. An on-site attendant will distribute the groceries to customers. No money will change hands and no food will be stored overnight."

The move by Peapod is consistent with broader growth in the grocery delivery-and-pickup business in DC: "Peapod has 53 pickup locations in the region, including one at a Chevy Chase gas station. Other services also have popped up, including Instacart, which delivers from Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Costco and other grocers, and Google Express, which provides same-day delivery from various stores, including Giant."
KC's View:
Smart move, and potentially differentiating. I guess my only problem with the concept is that the DC metro system is one of the more problematic in the country ... so I'd hate to be too dependent on it.