A Starship robot

Co-op and Starship Technologies have expanded their autonomous online grocery delivery services across more neighbourhoods in Leeds in collaboration with Leeds City Council.

Following a successful pilot launched last November - which saw 20,000 residents within the Adel and Tinshill area of Leeds gain access to Starship’s delivery service - a further 12,000 households in the Kippax and Swarcliffe areas of the City will now be able to access Co-op groceries delivered by robots.

Co-op eCommerce director Chris Conway said: “Co-op stores are well placed in the heart of local communities to provide quick, easy and convenient grocery home deliveries for time-pressed shoppers - whether that is a full shop or, for last-minute top-ups and forgotten items. 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 robot deliveries to provide further online flexibility and choice for consumers across Leeds.”

Director of European Operations at Starship Technologies, Andrew Curtis, added: “The feedback we have received since first launching in Leeds last year has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased to be able to extend the benefits the robots have provided to an additional 12,000 homes from today. More and more people are conscious of trying to reduce their carbon footprint and our robots help with this by eliminating the need for short car journeys to pick up groceries.”