7-Eleven tests delivery

7-Eleven has partnered with Postmates to test out delivery in a handful of cities. Shoppers can orders snacks, toothbrushes, drinks, medicines and household products, and then have the items dropped off at their homes.

The convenience store chain is getting in the home delivery game by joining forces with Postmates, a service where a personal shopper physically goes to the store and picks out the items for the customer, Fortune reported.

Postmates allows customers to shop through its app and has partnered with a wide variety of retailers, including McDonalds, Starbucks and Chipotle, predominantly in the restaurant and beverage industry.

This new partnership with 7-Eleven changes that dynamic. Holger Luedorf, head of business development for Postmates, said there is a strong consumer demand for deliveries from convenience stores and pharmacies.

Polstmates recently raised $80 million in new funding at a $400 million valuation, according to Fortune. 

The partnership is now available in San Francisco and Oakland, California. 7-Eleven plans to expand to Austin, New York City, Los Angeles, the District of Columbia, and Chicago in the coming months.

Looking to further its footprint in the omnichannel retail space, 7-Eleven expanded its digital loyalty program to more than 2,000 store locations last year.

Convenience store chains are growing in popularity among consumers as a place to buy everything from food to household goods. C-stores, as they are better known, now make up 34 percent of all U.S. retail outlets.

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