Tesco has revealed that it could soon roll out autonomous delivery robots in an effort to save costs and boost efficiency.
During its Capital Markets Day yesterday, the UK’s largest supermarket announced ambitions to improve its delivery options, focusing on providing cost-effective delivery for smaller “top-up shops”.
It also said it was looking into rolling out auto-replenishment and other subscription-based services as it looks to compete with the likes of Amazon.
Tesco is already testing delivery robots at its stores in Milton Keynes as part of a collaboration with Starship Technologies, the technology company behind rival Co-op’s autonomous delivery operation.
After first partnering with Co-op back in April 2018, delivering goods via its automated robot fleet to customers in Milton Keynes, Starship’s service has now expanded to more the 100 cities around the world, and have now travelled a collective 200,000 miles, carrying out more than 50,000 successful deliveries.
Tesco customers in the Milton Keynes area can order delivery via Starship’s delivery robots, which have a four-mile radius, using Tesco’s app.
Its chief executive Dave Lewis is due to speak to the media today and is expected to reveal further plans for the supermarket’s future.