Co-op becomes first UK supermarket to launch 'walking deliveries'

People will soon be able to order ‘walking deliveries’ of food, drink and other household items.

The Co-op will become the first supermarket to trial the new project.

‘Walking deliveries’ will operate from around 200 stores, including in smaller towns and villages.

The chain vowed to include rural areas known as ‘quick delivery deserts’ where people feel they are ‘offline’ from many home delivery options enjoyed in cities and large towns.

Trials were previously carried out in Cornwall, and proved a success.

The same-day deliveries will be available to households and businesses within a 15-minute walk of their nearest store.

Orders will be placed into a specially designed trolley, before being walked towards each customer’s home.

It comes as the Co-op also announces to expand its small army of delivery robots, which have become a familiar sight in Milton Keyes and in Northampton.

There are plans to expand the autonomous fleet in more towns and cities across the UK.

According to the Co-op, the most popular items ordered by robot include milk, eggs, bread, bananas and cucumbers.

Chris Conway, Co-op’s ecommerce director, said: ‘Making shopping quick, easy and convenient for our members and customers is at the very heart of our approach.

‘Our aim is to be the most convenient home delivery service and we continue to innovate to meet the needs of consumers.’

Robot deliveries, launched in conjunction with the company Starship, will take to the streets of Cambridge for the first time this week.

Andrew Curtis, Starship’s UK operations manager, said: ‘We have had extremely positive feedback from people using our service regularly in Milton Keynes and Northampton who have embraced the robots as part of their local communities.

‘We’re looking forward to working closely with the council in Cambridgeshire and hopefully expanding the scope of this initial project.’

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