Co-op rolls out robot deliveries in Greater Manchester

Co-op has announced the launch of robot deliveries in Greater Manchester.

The company has expanded its partnership with autonomous delivery company Starship Technologies, having already rolled out the technology in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford, Cambridge, and Leeds.

Orders are made through the Starship food delivery app and groceries picked at local Co-op stores.

The new Greater Manchester service will initially be available to 24,000 residents across 10,500 households.

“Co-op stores are well placed in the heart of local communities to provide quick, easy and convenient home deliveries - whether a full shop or last-minute top-ups,” said Chris Conway, e-commerce director, Co-op. “We are committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to our products and services, and delighted to be able to roll-out autonomous robots to provide additional online flexibility and choice in Greater Manchester.”

In December Co-op announced that it would trial autonomous deliveries in Leeds.

Launched as a three-month pilot in the Adel and Tinshill areas of Leeds, 20,000 residents were be to order groceries though the Starship app to have them delivered from nearby Co-op branches on Spen Lane and Otley Road.

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