Serial entrepreneur Marc Lore — the former CEO of Walmart.com, founder and former CEO of Jet, and former CEO of Quidsi — is lending his expertise to fast-growing delivery startup Wonder, Ashbury Park Press reported Thursday. April 14.
Launched last year, Wonder is piloting operations in 20 New Jersey cities, according to the report.
Wonder allows customers to order from 17 restaurants. A mobile food truck prepares food while parked in front of the customer’s house.
Ingredients are prepared and packed in a large central kitchen before being sent to kitchen hubs, where Wonder vans access them. Once the driver arrives at his destination, Wonder completes meal preparation inside his vans, which are equipped with kitchen appliances. Each van has a trained chef on board and is dedicated to a single restaurant.
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Lore, a New Jersey native, launched successful startups including The Pit in 1999, an online collectibles company deployed as an alternative to eBay. Then Lore and his business partner, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, then purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves from the NBA, according to the report.
Lore was appointed in September 2016 to lead Walmart’s eCommerce division following the retail giant’s $3.3 billion acquisition of its online marketplace Jet.com. Quidsi, the parent company of a family of websites including Diapers.com, was sold to Amazon in 2010 for $545 million, according to the report.
Striving to deliver freshly prepared meals to people’s doorsteps by some of the country’s top chefs, Wonder’s board members include Gwyneth Paltrow, actor and founder of lifestyle company Goop, according to the report.
“Marc represents, I think, the end result of what we would like to see from entrepreneurs,” Aaron Price, CEO of TechUnited, a trade group for New Jersey tech companies, told Asbury Park Press. “He’s someone who dreams big, has big goals and strives to achieve them at all costs.”