Our Company

Growing Greener

We're stepping up our efforts to protect the environment. Here's a snapshot of the improvements we've made to date and we'll continue to update you on future progress.

  • New Cell Phone Recycling — Now you can give all your old cell phones and chargers to your driver and we'll take care of recycling them for you. Plus, the proceeds will be donated to Les Turner ALS Foundation.
  • Green Delivery Windows — help us reduce carbon emissions by choosing a Green Delivery Window which allows us to consolidate orders in a specific area thereby reducing the mileage between orders. Look for the Green notation on the Delivery Times page.
  • Electronic Invoicing — Go green by electing to receive your invoice electronically. Go to My Account to sign-up.
  • Plastic Bag Recycling Program — simply hand your clean Peapod bags to your driver on your next order and we'll recycle them.
  • Paper Reduction — many of our drivers are equipped with navigation systems eliminating the need for paper directions.
  • Environmentally-friendly Products — we continue to expand our selection in this area. We stock Seventh Generation items, energy saver fluorescent light bulbs and a variety of Natural and Organic items. Check the Natural & Organic aisle for our complete selection.
  • Email communication — we are striving to do more electronic communication in an effort to reduce paper and waste. Please consider opting into our email program by going to My Account and clicking on Email Subscription. While you may still receive some direct mail, we will start to convert more of our communication to email.

The History of Peapod

  • 1989

    Brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson pioneer the online grocery delivery concept in Evanston, IL. Peapod establishes the world's first e-commerce-only company.

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    Peapod provides software and dial-up modems to customers to connect them to the Peapod shopping system. Andrew, Thomas and their families do the product picking, packing and deliveries.

  • 1991

    Peapod expands to Chicago and suburbs.

  • 1996

    The Internet is born in the mid '90s and Peapod launches its Web site: www.peapod.com.

  • 1996

    Peapod now in Boston

    Peapod in Inc. 500 ranking of fastest growing companies
  • 1996

    Inc. magazine names Peapod to the "Inc. 500" ranking of the fastest growing U.S. private companies.

  • 1997

    Peapod completes successful initial public offering, listing its shares on the NASDAQ.

  • 1998

    Peapod expands to Long Island, NY.

    1,000,000 orders
  • 1998

    In July, Peapod delivers its 1 millionth order.

  • 2000

    Peapod enters Washington, D.C.

    Ahold buys Peapod
  • 2001

    Royal Ahold purchases Peapod, establishing the Internet grocer as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international food retailing and foodservice company.

  • 2001

    Peapod now in Virginia and Maryland.

  • 2001

    Peapod builds a new 75,000 sq. ft., climate-controlled distribution center in Lake Zurich, IL.

  • 2003

    Peapod now in Connecticut.

    5,000,000 orders
  • 2003

    In July, Peapod delivers its 5 millionth order.

  • 2004

    Peapod enters Rhode Island, North Jersey and Baltimore.

  • 2005

    Peapod expands to Milwaukee, WI.

  • 2007

    Peapod delivers its 10 millionth order.

  • 2009

    Peapod Enters New Hampshire and Indiana.

    15,000,000 orders
  • 2009

    Peapod celebrates its 20th anniversary with more than 15 million orders delivered.

  • 2011

    Peapod now in Philadelphia, PA.

  • 2011

    Peapod becomes the first in the U.S. to launch virtual grocery stores.

    Virtual grocery stores
  • 2012

    Peapod rolls out 100+ virtual grocery stores at commuter rail stations in Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago.