If experience is the best teacher, then Thomas Parkinson must know a lot about online grocery sales. He's been selling groceries online as long as anyone, having introduced the concept in 1989 when they launched Peapod. His knowledge is starting to pay off. Peapod, like many Internet ventures, has had plenty of highs and lows during its lifetime, but the service has been riding high since it was acquired by Ahold in 2000. Led by Parkinson, now chief technology officer, his brother ...

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