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August 20, 2018

Supermarket retailer Kroger to test grocery delivery using Nuro’s robots

US-based supermarket retailer Kroger has partnered with driverless delivery vehicle maker Nuro to launch a self-driving grocery delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona.

US-based supermarket retailer Kroger has partnered with driverless delivery vehicle maker Nuro to launch a self-driving grocery delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The pilot programme will see Kroger testing grocery delivery using Nuro ’s robots at a Fry’s Food Stores location in the US city.

Customers can place their order via frysfood.com or the Fry’s Food Stores mobile app based on slot availability for $5.95 flat fee. The no-minimum orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery.

Nuro ’s self-driving delivery vehicles will deliver groceries to customers at their curb, safely and quickly.

The customer will use an access code to open the doors when the vehicle arrives in their driveway.

“Our pilot with Nuro will help us test and learn to understand customer acceptance of autonomous vehicles in our seamless offering.”

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said: “Scottsdale is proud to be the home of Kroger and Nuro ‘s partnership. We welcome innovative technology that can benefit the lives of Scottsdale residents.

“We feel this partnership holds tremendous potential and promise, and offers our residents real, not-yet-experienced convenience for everyday routines.”

Kroger chief digital officer Yael Cosset added: “Kroger wants to bring more customers the convenience of affordable grocery delivery, and our pilot with Nuro will help us test and learn to understand customer acceptance of autonomous vehicles in our seamless offering.”

Nuro will deploy its self-driving Toyota Prius fleet for the testing and will introduce its custom R1 driverless vehicle by the end of the year.

Kroger serves more than nine million customers daily through digital shopping and 2,779 retail food stores under different banner names.

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
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