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Co-op and Starship Technologies expand autonomous delivery rollout

Co-op and Starship Technologies have expanded their autonomous robot delivery service to Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers and Rushden in Northamptonshire.

It means up to 45,000 residents across 33,000 households can now order from four Co-op stores in the selected towns. The local stores act as micro-distribution hubs in the community, with products delivered store to door in an hour or less.

The robots have already rolled out across local communities in Milton Keynes and Cambourne, Cambridgeshire. They are also being used in university campuses in America and elsewhere in Europe.

Starship launched commercial deliveries in 2018 with Co-op the first convenience retailer to use the service. Since then Starship says its robots have travelled more than four million miles and safely completed more than 3.5 million deliveries.

Chris Conway, ecommerce director, Co-op, said: “Our members and customers lead busy lives and ease, speed and convenience are at the heart of our approach. We are delighted to be able to extend the service in the area. As a convenience retailer, the ability to come into stores will always be important to customers, but we also know that shoppers want flexible and convenient options online.”

Andrew Curtis, UK operations manager at Starship Technologies, said: “We have had very positive feedback from local communities in Northampton since starting operations there in November 2020, and today is an exciting day for Starship as we offer the benefits of autonomous grocery delivery to 33,000 more households across Northamptonshire. Our robots offer an environmentally friendly and convenient way of helping people with their ‘top up’ shopping and we’re confident the service will be similarly well received in North Northants.”

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