Co-op: Amazon partnership and more Starship robots

In a drive to increase online sales to £200 million a year from the current base of £70m, Co-op has announced a partnership with Amazon and to further roll out its delivery robot operations.

In the partnership with Amazon, Prime members will be able to do their full Co-op grocery shop on Amazon with same-day delivery and two-hour scheduled slots for free on orders over £40 and £3.99 for orders under £40. There is to be a minimum order of £15 to qualify.

The first city to see the offer is Glasgow and surrounding areas. Other areas of the UK will see the service rolled out before the end of the year. Co-op plans to make it a nationwide offering at an unspecified date.

At the same time, Co-op is extending its Starship delivery robot deliveries. It is to more than double the number of robots on the road from 200 to 500 and reach to cities outside of Milton Keynes and Northampton, to Cambridgeshire and the North of England.

Co-op group chief executive Steve Murrells said: “The pandemic has accelerated changes in consumer shopping trends and we’re driving forward with exciting plans to provide rapid kerb to kitchen grocery delivery services.

“We are delighted to be working with Amazon. Its reach and leading technology and innovative approach means greater convenience for people in their communities.

“This, combined with our extended partnership with Starship Technologies, marks a significant milestone in our online strategy.”

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food, said: “Co-op stores across the country are well-placed to serve shoppers locally and a key part of our strategy is to further develop our e-commerce offer by using the competitive advantage of our store footprint to provide ultra-fast home deliveries.

“As a convenience retailer, the ability to come into stores will always be important to customers, but we also know that they want flexible options online. Our commercial strategy is focused on getting closer to where they are to provide what they need, however and wherever they choose to shop with us.”

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