Ben Hayward November 27th

Ever had your shopping delivered to you by a robot? Well, that may have just become one step closer to being a reality as the Co-op is expanding its autonomous home delivery service.

The community supermarket has partnered with Starship Technologies to widen the roll out, which began in and around Milton Keynes in 2018, reports Prolific North. 

Northampton is now being added to the service, with Co-op hoping to be using around 300 of the Starship robots to serve around 5,000 households in the town.

At first, the contactless deliveries will initially be from a single Co-op food store, with the robots typically travelling up to three miles from the store in order to make their deliveries.

Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce at the Co-op, said: “We continue to look for new ways to innovate and expand access to our products and services to deliver a truly compelling offer for consumers. 

“Our partnership with Starship enables Co-op to offer further availability, flexibility and choice to meet community shopping needs for on-demand convenience.

“We have seen big changes in eCommerce this year with new customers using the channel that have never used it before, and seeing the benefits.

“Offering quality and value quickly, easily and conveniently is core to Co-op’s approach - delivering what our Members and customers want, when and where they need it.”

Andrew Curtis, Head of UK Operations at Starship Technologies, added: “We are thrilled to expand our service in the UK and bring robot delivery to neighbourhoods across Northampton from today. 

“We have been humbled by the fantastic reception to our robots from local communities in Milton Keynes over the last two and a half years. This is the next step in our growth ambitions as Starship looks to further roll out our services across the UK following increasing demand during the pandemic.”

The robots use a combination of sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning to travel on pavements and navigate around any obstacles, while computer vision-based navigation helps the robots to map their environment to the nearest inch.

As they are battery powered they also help reduce both pollution and traffic congestion levels too! 

Don’t forget that TOTUM members get 10% discount every time they shop in store at Co-op Food. 

You can also choose how you shop with Co-op. Take your pick from Co-op delivery, Deliveroo and Click & Collect. 

Co-op has teamed up with Deliveroo who can bring your shopping to you in as little as 30 minutes. Find out how easy it is to arrange everything online or get shopping straight away with Co-op and Deliveroo.

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