Co-op and Starship Technologies, the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, have announced the expansion of their partnership in Northampton.
An additional 31,000 households have access to grocery delivery services via Starship robots, powered by zero-carbon electricity.
The Co-op was the first UK supermarket to use autonomous robot deliveries.
Starship has confirmed that residents in Boothville, Great Billing, Hopping Hill, Spinney Hill can now benefit from on-demand grocery delivery from a further three Co-op stores.
The latest development means deliveries are now available from six Co-op stores in Northampton. Communities in Wooton, Upton, Duston, Abington and Weston Favell already benefit from robot deliveries.
“Co-op is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to our products and services. Our members and our customers lead busy lives and ease, speed and convenience is at the heart of our approach.” Co-op’s head of ecommerce Chris Conway said.
“Co-op stores across the country are well placed to serve shoppers locally and a key part of our strategy is to further develop our ecommerce offer by using our store footprint to provide same-day and, rapid, home deliveries.”
UK operations manager at Starship Technologies Andrew Curtis added: “As a convenience retailer, the ability to come into stores will always be important to customers, but we also know that they want flexible options online, and so we are focused on getting closer to where our customers are, to provide what they need, however and wherever they choose to shop with us.”
In September, Co-op announced plans to accelerate its ecommerce strategy and growth in the market for community-based home deliveries including a new partnership with Amazon.
Co-op on Amazon has extended to Bournemouth, Bristol and Nottingham and is the most widely available supermarket on the Deliveroo app.