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Live Taping: Chicago Founders' Stories @1871 with Andrew & Thomas Parkinson of Peapod

  • 1871 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)

Join us for a live taping of Chicago Founders' Stories at 1871, Chicago's Digital Startup Hub!


5:30-5:45 Arrivals, networking, food & drinks
5:45-6:00 Opening Acts featuring Itemmaster
6:00-7:00 Moderated discussion with Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, followed by Q+A
7:00-7:30 Networking

About Andrew Parkinson:

As co-founder and CEO of Peapod, Andrew Parkinson had overall responsibility for running Peapod LLC, an online grocery shopping and delivery service. He and his brother Thomas founded Peapod in 1989, took the company public in 1997, and sold it to Ahold in 2001. Peapod is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Ahold. Peapod currently has revenues of about $700 million and over 5,000 associates (commonly referred to as Podsters).

Andrew is currently CFO and co-founder of ItemMaster, Inc., a content-as- a- service provider to the consumer package goods and grocery retail industry. ItemMaster is a privately held company spun out of Peapod in April, 2016.

About Thomas Parkinson:

Thomas Parkinson co-founded Peapod with his brother, Andrew, in 1989 when he was 29 with $50,000 in seed money from friends and family.

Delivering groceries via the computer, Peapod is the pioneer of e- commerce, being the first in the world. It maintains its leadership as the largest e-grocer in the country serving the Midwest and the East coast.

As Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for Peapod’s web and mobile product development, IT infrastructure, supply chain systems and R&D.

Today, Thomas is also a co-founder of ItemMaster, Inc.


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