Peapod is an online grocery delivery service that was founded in 1989 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson.
Before 1996 Peapod provided online grocery shopping in partnership with Jewel, Safeway, Randall’s, and Kroger, depending on the location.
In 1996 Peapod launched its own website and became one of the earliest internet start-ups. The same year Peapod went public on the NASDAQ.
In 2000 global grocery giant Royal Ahold bought 51% of Peapod’s shares. The next year in 2001 Royal Ahold bought out the rest of the company.
Today Peapod is available in Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia, Chicago, Indiana, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Peapod offers 12,000 products including natural and organic, videos, pet supplies, office and school supplies, and prepared foods.