Report: 7-Eleven buys under-the-radar delivery startup

It looks like 7-Eleven is dropping longtime partner DoorDash.

The two companies have collaborated heavily in recent years, with the convenience chain using DoorDash couriers to power its 30-minute delivery service.

But a pair of insiders told The Information on Thursday that 7-Eleven had acquired Skipcart, a San Antonio-based delivery startup, suggesting a desire to distance itself from the food delivery app.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the sources, and 7-Eleven did not immediately respond to Modern Shipper’s request to confirm the deal.

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Skipcart was founded in 2018 and was valued at $69 million two years ago, according to the report. The company uses a network of more than 150,000 outsourced drivers to deliver food, beverage, retail, pharmaceutical and e-commerce products to customers in 37 US states and parts of Canada.

A source with knowledge of the deal explained that 7-Eleven relies on DoorDash couriers to deliver orders through both its own app and DoorDash’s. But the other person added that with the acquisition of Skipcart, the convenience store intends to compete more directly with DoorDash and other rivals like Gopuff.

The initial partnership between 7-Eleven and DoorDash came in 2015, but since then the chain has added to its roster of third-party delivery apps. In 2020 alone, it partnered with Instacart, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. The previous year, 7-Eleven introduced delivery on its own platform with the addition of its 7NOW app.

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The company has even experimented with some advanced delivery technologies. In December, it began driverless deliveries with tech company Nuro in Mountain View, California. Nuro also ships for FedEx and Domino’s in the Houston area.

Meanwhile, in Japan, 7-Eleven is reportedly testing store-to-door drone delivery, working with ANA Holdings, the parent company of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways. The service is expected to be fully rolled out by 2025.

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