Starship Technologies says its autonomous robots have now made more than 50,000 deliveries on behalf of customers including the Co-op.
The company’s robots have delivered to customers in more than 100 cities around the world including, in the UK, Milton Keynes, where the company has now been operating for a year. Starship Technologies’ robots started delivering goods from a Co-op food store in Milton Keyes in April 2018. Since then the number of houses that it serves has grown by 450% – and the most popular items it delivers have included milk, bread and chocolate. Now Starship delivery robots deliver from a second Co-op store in the town as well as from branch of Tesco and have collectively travelled more than 200,000 miles around Milton Keynes.
Lex Bayer, chief executive of Starship Technologies, said: “Today is a significant milestone for Starship as we celebrate passing 50,000 deliveries with our autonomous robots. The popularity of our service continues, and we are delighted to be expanding to additional neighbourhoods and university campuses across the world. It has been exciting to see the increase in ‘top up shopping’ by residents in Milton Keynes where they buy groceries on multiple occasions throughout the week now that they have the option of autonomous delivery.”
Chris Conway, head of food digital at the Co-op, said: “This is an exciting time for the Co-op, with innovations and new technologies driving a number of different home delivery schemes. It is all about ease, convenience and choice for today’s time-pressed shopper. The popularity of our work with Starship is clear to see in Milton Keynes, with children leaving messages and drawings with the robots, and expressions of thanks from members of the community.”
Gillian Bailey, a local resident in Milton Keynes received the 50,000th delivery made by Starship in the town. She said: “Since the robots came to our neighbourhood last year, they’ve become such a popular and common sight in the community. With my hectic schedule, it’s really convenient to get my groceries delivered by the robot right to my front door while I’m busy with other things around the house. Our community feels really lucky to have this service available in our area, and I know many people who use it regularly throughout the week. I’ve already made over 100 orders since Starship first set up shop here and I’ll be making many more!”