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Shipt becomes newest on-demand delivery service in Fort Worth


Need some groceries but don’t feel like battling the heat or the crowds?

Starting Tuesday, you can use your smartphone to place a grocery order and have it delivered from Central Market and Kroger stores in the Fort Worth area.

Shipt, an app-based delivery service based in Birmingham, Ala., said it will launch its service in Tarrant County at the grocery chains serving Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake and Keller.

For $99 a year, members can receive an unlimited number of deliveries on orders over $35. Using a mobile or desktop app, you pick from a selection of grocery items and choose a one-hour delivery window. Shipt then sends a personal shopper to a nearby store to fulfill the order.

As an introductory offer, Shipt is giving away $25 in free groceries to members who sign up before the launch date.

The Tarrant County service will expand Shipt’s presence in North Texas, where it already takes orders for Kroger stores in Dallas. On the Dallas side, Shipt will launch services for Central Market on Aug. 4 and expand its coverage area from Dallas, Carrolton, Garland and Plano to include Cedar Hill, DeSoto and McKinney.

It’s just the latest in a wave of on-demand app-based services in North Texas, from Uber cars to Pickup, which sends a pickup truck to haul stuff, and Favor for restaurant deliveries. There’s speculation that Amazon will launch its grocery service, Amazon Fresh, after buying a food warehouse last spring.

Also this week, Instacart will launch its app-based service in Dallas offering deliveries from Whole Foods, Central Market, Petco, Spec’s, Total Wine & More, Kroger and Tom Thumb. The company, which already serves Austin and San Antonio, will start in 10 ZIP codes.

GE moves offices to Alliance

GE Transportation, which recently rolled out the 1,000th locomotive built at its factory in far north Fort Worth, is moving an office operation closer to the plant.

Hillwood said the manufacturer is relocating its Global Services Operations Group from the Fossil Creek area to 16,573 square feet in Hillwood Commons I at Alliance Town Center.

GE now employs about 700 at the manufacturing complex west of the Texas Motor Speedway, which opened in 2012. In addition to locomotives, some workers build mining equipment at an adjacent facility.

In addition, two other companies have recently leased space in the Alliance office building. Regus, a global workplace provider, took 15,000 square feet for a new business center, and TEKsystems, an information technology services and staffing firm, is leasing about 10,000 square feet.

Emirates Airline won’t bring back A380

Emirates Airline isn’t bringing back the super-jumbo Airbus A380 on its Dallas/Fort Worth-to-Dubai route in September as it originally planned.

Instead, the Persian Gulf carrier will continue to use a Boeing 777-300ER on the route. Emirates made the switch from the A380 in February.

“This decision was made as part of our routine operational review, to ensure that our capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand across our global network,” the company said in a statement. “We remain committed to Dallas-Fort Worth and will continue to serve our customers on this route with 7 weekly flights.”

Emirates first used the double-decker A380, which carries 489 passengers, on the route in October 2014 but faced stiff competition from Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, which also offer direct flights from DFW to the Middle East. In some months, the Emirates A380 was leaving DFW only half-full.

DFW regularly sees only one A380, flown by Qantas Airways on its route to Sydney.

Top adman honored

Steve Hanthorn, vice president and creative director at Warren Douglas Advertising in Fort Worth, will receive the American Advertising Federation Fort Worth Chapter’s 2016 Silver Medal Award.

The Silver Medal is the highest national honor presented at the local level in the advertising industry. It will be presented at the organization’s Sept. 21 luncheon meeting.

The award program was established in 1959 to recognize men and women of outstanding character and achievement in advertising.

Hanthorn began his career in Chicago as a copywriter for Saffer, Cravit & Freedman Advertising, writing television and radio copy for a variety of retail accounts. He has also worked for Pier 1 Imports, Regian & Wilson Advertising, J. Walter Thompson/Dallas, and RadioShack. In 2007, he joined Warren Douglas Advertising as the creative director.

“Steve’s impact on our agency’s culture and creative capabilities is immeasurable,” Doug Briley, Warren Douglas’ president and CEO, said in a statement. “I am thrilled that he is getting recognized by the advertising industry for his creative talent and contributions to brands on local, regional and national levels.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Max B. Baker: 817-390-7714, @MaxbakerBB

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko