Co-op expands robot delivery service

Co-op is expanding its Starship Technologies robot delivery service across more areas of Leeds.

The move follows a successful pilot carried out in November 2022, which gave 20,000 residents within the Adel and Tinshill area of Leeds access to the service.

Following the expansion, a further 12,000 households in Kippax and Swarcliffe will be able to have their groceries delivered by the autonomous robots.

Customer orders are placed via the the Starship food delivery app, with locals able to choose from a range of groceries which are picked from two Co-op stores.

“Co-op stores are well placed in the heart of local communities to provide quick, easy and convenient home deliveries - whether a full shop or last-minute top-ups," said Chris Conway, e-commerce director, Co-op. "We are committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to our products and services, and delighted to be able to roll-out autonomous robots to provide further online flexibility and choice across Leeds.”

Starship robots use renewable electricity, with the company claiming deliveries consume as little energy as boiling a kettle to make one cup of tea.

Since its launch of commercial deliveries in 2018, the business' 2,000+ fleet of robots have completed over five million deliveries around the world.

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