Co-op rolls out walking delivery across the UK

Expanding its e-commerce delivery footprint, grocery chain the Co-op is offering ‘walking delivery’ to shoppers within a 15 minute walk of some of its stores in the UK.

Co-op’s walking delivery has been successfully trialled at several stores in Cornwall and is expected to be rolled out to more than 200 stores this year.

The grocery chain is likely to include smaller towns and villages where many other shops consider ‘off-line’ and do not deliver their groceries. Rapid delivery companies tend to focus on larger urban areas.

The news comes as Co-op plans to grow its online operations by 50% to revenues of £300 million by the end of the year. Its online services are now available in 2,000 of its stores in towns, villages and cities across the UK.

As part of the plan, Co-op is to use delivery robots for less dense urban areas and larger villages. It has lately rolled out Starship delivery robots in parts of Cambridgeshire.

Co-op ecommerce director Chris Conway said: “Making shopping quick, easy and convenient for our members and customers is at the very heart of our approach. Our aim is to be the most convenient home delivery service and we continue to innovate to meet the needs of consumers.”

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