Lisa Byfield-Green (Senior Retail Analyst), on 02-Jun-2017 11:25:03
Tesco has completed its first online grocery delivery by robot. The items were successfully delivered to an address in Central London, as part of the retailer’s Tesco Now one-hour delivery trial, which allows shoppers within a three mile radius of a store to order up to 20 items.
The retailer partnered with Starship Technologies, using a six-wheeled self-driving buggy, fitted with anti-theft technology and with space for two shopping bags. The online-connected robots use 3G to navigate to the customer’s address, avoiding obstacles as they travel at around 4mph (6.4km/h). A smartphone app can be used to track progress.
The future of the last mile? Tesco, Hermes, Metro and Just Eat are all testing this technology.