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Co-op expands robot deliveries to second store

The Co-op has begun delivering by robot from a second store.

The convenience retailer has been using autonomous robots to make deliveries in under an hour from a store in Monkston, Milton Keynes, for a year, and has now added the town’s Emerson Valley branch.

It is the Co-op’s second rapid delivery rollout inside two weeks, after launching a two-hour service by electric cargo bike from a store on London’s King’s Road in Chelsea.

The robots are from tech startup Starship Technologies, and also deliver from a Tesco Extra in Milton Keynes. Starship provides the app on which orders are placed. 

Delivery costs just £1, with no minimum basket value. The groceries are now picked in-store by Co-op staff, where they were previously picked by Starship. They are then put in a locked compartment which can only be opened by the customer using the app at the other end of the robot’s unaccompanied journey. 

The robots travel up to two miles from the store at up to 4mph and have fulfilled orders in as little as 15 minutes.

Source: The Grocer Apr 2 | In-store Analysis | Innovation


The rollout of the robot delivery service coincided with a £520,000 refurbishment of the Emerson Valley branch