San Francisco-based Grand Junction offers a software platform that is used by retailers, distributors and third-party logistics providers to manage local deliveries through a network of more than 700 carriers. Those delivery companies pick up items from stores or distribution centers and deliver them to customers.
Grand Junction has already been working with Target on a small same-day delivery pilot out of its store in New York City's TriBeCa neighborhood. It will work to expand same-day delivery pilot to a few more New York-area stores this fall, and then to other major cities in 2018. Over time this has allowed the company to control their logistics to the point where they can even offer customers same-day deliveries, which does solve one of the problems of online shopping which is the waiting for your package to arrive. Further expansion would occur the following year. It became Target Corporation in 2000.
Target supply chain and logistics officer Arthur Valdez said through a prepared statement that the company would leverage the platform of Grand Junction in order to become faster as well as more efficient in the way it deliveries its products to its clients.
Expanding delivery and making it faster have been key areas for retailers trying to attract convenience-seeking shoppers.
Instacart is still doing Target deliveries in Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco as part of the test program.
In its bid to improve the grocery side of the business, Target has hired a couple of executives from General Mills and Walmart to spearhead its efforts. Target also recently adjusted its shipping programs to lure online shoppers away from Amazon. Mark Kenny, from Walmart, has been tapped to oversee Target's meat, seafood and deli sections. And a former Amazon supply chain executive is helping Target get there.