• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that Target-owned delivery service Shipt "has put in place new policies and strategies as it wages an uphill battle to gain more market share in an increasingly competitive industry against the likes of Instacart and DoorDash."
Among the policy changes made in the past few months: "In August, the company rolled out a pay-per-order option, allowing a customer to buy a pass for one to five orders. Before that, customers had to pay either a $99 annual or $14 monthly membership … Also during the summer, Shipt began to implement a new pay model and rebrand a service it now calls Shipt Driven, where its drivers deliver products for retailers but don’t complete the actual shopping."
The story notes that "in addition to Target, Shipt shops and delivers orders for stores such as Costco, Hy-Vee, CVS and Kroger. In total, it has more than 120 retail partners, a 50% increase from last year."
• Ahold Delhaize-owned Food Lion said that it is "adding additional 'Food Lion To-Go' grocery pick up services at 31 new stores in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina beginning September 28, 2020.
"Customers can use the Food Lion To-Go website or the Food Lion To-Go app to confirm availability and place orders."
• Bloomberg reports that Amazon plans to triple its workforce in Vancouver, British Columbia, "where software engineers are cheap, smart and plentiful.
"The online retail giant plans to occupy a bunker-like former Canada Post mailing center that’s being redeveloped into a new 1.1 million square-foot office to house 8,000 jobs by 2023, Jesse Dougherty, a vice president and Vancouver site lead at Amazon, said by phone. Currently, the company has 2,700 full-time employees at its city hub. It also plans to add 500 jobs in Toronto, according to a statement released Monday.
"A weak loonie, lower wages and a steady flow of graduates make Canada an attractive place to expand for tech companies whose largest expense is labor."