Urban Value to deliver groceries by Tortoise delivery robots

Texas convenience retailer Urban Value Corner Stores is to offer robot deliveries using Vroom Delivery’s Tortoise delivery robots.

Delivering the full range of Urban Value Corner Store’s goods except alcohol and tobacco, the Tortoise robots have a capacity of about 45kg and can travel at average speeds of 3mph. Human drivers will continue to deliver alcohol and tobacco.

“We are thrilled to be working with Urban Value, a leading convenience store chain in downtown Dallas, on a pilot deployment in the coming months,” said Dmitry Shevelenko, co-founder of Tortoise.

The convenience store chain has three stores in and around Dallas, TX. The operation will begin as a pilot with a view to expanding operations to all Urban Value stores in Fort Worth and Dallas. “We are very excited to pilot this first-in-market contactless shopping opportunity. I expect that this technology combined with our diverse product offering will provide downtown Dallas residents and office staff a much more convenient shopping experience,” said Steve McKinley, CEO of Urban Value.

“In addition to the obvious contactless and environmental benefits, what we like about this concept is that this is also a very affordable solution for both the store and the consumer, significantly lowering the average cost of delivery,” said John Nelson, CEO of Vroom Delivery.

Customers can already have Urban Value groceries delivered by Vroom Delivery but many of these deliveries will have human drivers replaced by the Tortoise robots.