Paul Wilkinson has taken on the role of Group Product Manager – Grocery Partners at Deliveroo.
He joins from Amazon where he spent almost two and a half years as Senior Product Manager (Tech), Alexa Shopping.
Prior to that, Wilkinson worked for Tesco for nine years, where he held such positions as Head of Technology Research and Open Innovation, Tesco Labs, and Head of Product for Space, Range and Merchandising.
In a LinkedIn post, he said: “I had a great time at Amazon working on Alexa Shopping and I look forward to seeing more products I’ve worked on ship in the coming months.”
“Today though I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Group Product Manager for Grocery Partners at Deliveroo. Looking forward to helping customers get their groceries fast and working with lots of different grocery partners to do that. ”
Last month, Waitrose and Deliveroo expanded their rapid grocery delivery tie up by adding more than 70 new Waitrose locations.
Deliveroo customers will now be able to order Waitrose products for delivery in as little as 20 minutes from over 220 locations across the country – more than two thirds of the retailer’s stores.
Almost a third of monthly Waitrose orders on Deliveroo are from customers who have never shopped with the supermarket chain before. Top selling items include avocados, blueberries, sourdough bread and milk.
The expansion means Waitrose will be available for the first time on Deliveroo in almost 30 new towns and cities, including Lewes, Cirencester and Newark, where the service will be live from today.
The retailer is also trialling Deliveroo Hop, which brings groceries to customers’ doors in as little as ten minutes, in Bermondsey, London.
James Bailey, Executive Director for Waitrose, said: “Our partnership with Deliveroo shows the strong demand for Waitrose products and that this is one of the ways our customers want to shop with us.”
“People’s plans change and the service ensures we are even more flexible around our customer’s lifestyle, giving them more freedom to be more spontaneous about what they eat or drink and when.”
Carlo Mocci, Chief Business Officer UK&I, Deliveroo, commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to build further on our successful and long standing partnership with Waitrose, one of Britain’s best loved brands.”
“By expanding into these new locations, it will give our customers a greater choice of on-demand groceries and household essentials that can be delivered to their doors in as little as 20 minutes.”