Co-op partners with Amazon for grocery delivery

Co-op has partnered with Amazon to offer grocery deliveries to Prime members.

The supermarket said the move is part of a wider initiative to double its online sales by the end of year, from £70 million to £200 million.

The service is set to be initially rolled out in Glasgow – and surrounding areas Hamilton and Paisley – before being rolled out more widely in the UK later in the year.

The partnership offers Prime customers same day delivery with two-hour scheduled time slots.

Co-op said delivery will be free on orders over £40 and £3.99 for orders under £40, with a minimum shop of £15.

Amazon earlier this week announced a move into the food delivery business, partnering with Deliveroo to offer takeaway deliveries to Prime customers.

In addition, Co-op said it will be extending its partnership with rapid delivery start-up Starship Technologies.

The supermarket said the move will increase number of autonomous vehicles making deliveries from 200 to 500 by the end of 2021 and bring the service to five new towns and cities, including Cambridge.

Co-op said the autonomous delivery service will allow consumers to be able to choose from 3,000 grocery items.

Co-op is not the only High Street chain to recently invest in autonomous deliveries; homeware and household goods chain wilko said it is set to invest £3 million in autonomous delivery company StreetDrone earlier this week.

“The pandemic has accelerated changes in consumer shopping trends and we’re driving forward with exciting plans to provide rapid kerb to kitchen grocery delivery services,” said chief executive at Co-op Steve Murrells. “We are delighted to be working with Amazon. Its reach and leading technology and innovative approach means greater convenience for people in their communities.”
He added: “This, combined with our extended partnership with Starship Technologies, marks a significant milestone in our online strategy.”

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