Co-op trials Starship robots in Northampton

Grocery chain Co-op has begun trialling Starship autonomous delivery robots in certain postcodes around Northampton – the second town it is trialling the robots after Milton Keynes.

Co-op has significantly improved its grocery delivery offering in recent months. By the end of the year it will offer click & collect or home delivery out of 1,000 stores nationwide.

By the end of the 2021, the grocery chain will have more than 300 Starship robots on UK roads. In the case of Northampton, they will serve a radius of up to three miles from NN4 6DY – the Northampton suburbs of Wooton and Hardingstone.

Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce, 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, said: “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.”

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