Sterling, VA – February 7, 2017 – Digital Foodie, the creator of the award- winning on-demand grocery platform, and the leading, New England-based wholesale distributor of food and household products, Bozzuto’s, have established a partnership where the two companies will combine forces to bring online grocery capabilities to IGA’s licensed retailers.
The partnership enables Bozzuto’s to offer essential, complimentary elements such as related hardware and other operational services to Digital Foodie’s solution. Digital Foodie provides retailer branded web service, linked to IGA branded native mobile applications for placing orders and planning shopping, as well as state-of-the-art in-store picking and fulfillment tools for optimized store pick-up and home delivery. IGA members can also opt to pay for the Digital Foodie service through their existing billing relationship with Bozzuto’s, making it even easier and more convenient for IGA members to enter the digital age.
“The retail grocery industry is undergoing a digital transformation that requires grocers to provide converged services including on-demand and in-store solutions to extend and enhance their current bricks and mortar business and to fend off digital inroads by competitors such as Walmart, Amazon and other large grocery chains”, said Kalle Koutajoki, CEO of Digital Foodie. “We have nearly a decade of experience in deploying online grocery in the most competitive on-demand grocery markets in the world, while simultaneously ‘cracking the code’ to achieving retailer profitability. Bozzuto’s is a trusted partner to a large group of IGA retailers and will make it even easier for IGA retailers to implement their digital strategy. I am very excited about this partnership, and with our platform, along with Bozzuto’s long-established and trusted local presence and service excellence, IGA retailers can jumpstart their on-demand business instantly while keeping the control of the store brand.”
For most retailers, the Digital Foodie’s cloud platform can be set up within weeks. The most proven platform in the industry coupled with marketing and fulfillment operations enables retailers to be competitive in any environment. The platform helps the grocer maintain its customer relationships across channels, unlike other competing point solutions that may even sever their relationships with their own customers in favor of the program provider. The IGA branded mobile application seamlessly links the grocer’s branded website to Digital Foodie’s converged cloud platform for on-demand ordering, online circulars, personalized shopping planning, digital commerce, order management and efficient fulfillment.
“We have been working with IGA retailers for decades and the majority of them recognize that the time is now to bring digital capabilities to their customers. The customers want it and IGA retailers want to respond with a best-in-class digital customer experience that goes nicely with their existing stellar in-store service,” says Michael Bozzuto, Chairman, President and CEO of Bozzuto’s. “We want to continue to serve our customers by leading the way and this partnership with Digital Foodie allows us to do just that.”
Andy Nicholas – VP Global Sales and Marketing
Steve Methvin – Vice President
About Bozzuto’s (http://www.bozzutos.com)
Bozzuto’s Inc. is a leading total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Established in 1945, the company is headed by Chairman, President and CEO Michael A. Bozzuto. Based in Cheshire, Connecticut, Bozzuto’s is a longtime active supporter of Special Olympics. Among its many professional awards, Bozzuto’s has won the IGA International President’s Cup five times. This prestigious award is the highest honor that an international IGA organization can receive and identifies Bozzuto’s as a leader among IGA distributors.
About Digital Foodie (http://www.digitalfoodie.com)
Digital Foodie provides a fully customizable SaaS platform for on-demand grocery used by major retailers and brands. For consumers, Foodie provides apps that empowers people to shop online, consume smarter and eat better. Foodie delivers highly personalized food and product recommendations that make everyday shopping easy and fun. For retailers, the platform provides all the tools needed to run modern, on-demand operations including click and collect service and home deliveries. The platform is currently available on web, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Digital Foodie operates currently in North America, Europe and Asia.