Co-op expands Starship deliveries in Northampton

The UK’s Co-op grocery and convenience chain has expanded the number of addresses it can deliver to using Starship delivery robots. Some 31,000 addresses in Northampton can now receive their groceries using the robots.

Three Co-op stores have been added to the delivery network, taking the total to six in the city. From these stores the Starship robots take groceries and convenience items to customers who have ordered via the Co-op app.

Co-op is the first supermarket chain to use autonomous robot deliveries. It announced plans to expand its e-commerce offering in September and as well as its robot deliveries is working with Amazon in four major towns and cities in the UK. It is also the most widely available supermarket on the Deliveroo App.

Chris Conway, Co-op’s head of ecommerce, said: “Co-op is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to our products and services. Our members and our customers lead busy lives and ease, speed and convenience is at the heart of our approach. 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 ecommerce offer by using our store footprint to provide same-day and, rapid, home deliveries.”

Andrew Curtis, UK operations manager at Starship Technologies, added: “Since launching our service a year ago we have been moved by the extremely positive reaction to the robots and how they have been embraced as part of the local community. While the service has provided the benefits of contactless delivery during the pandemic this past year, we have also seen how people have welcomed the convenience and positive environmental impact of autonomous delivery for ‘top up’ grocery shopping.”

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