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You are here: News » Archived News » Starship Technologies and Co-op bring robot grocery delivery to Greater Manchester

Starship Technologies and Co-op bring robot grocery delivery to Greater Manchester

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Robots have arrived on the streets of Sale in Greater Manchester as Starship Technologies, provider of autonomous delivery services, has partnered with Trafford Council and the Co-op to bring autonomous grocery delivery to residents across the borough.

The service is initially available to 24,000 residents across 10,500 households. Orders are made through the Starship food delivery app, which is available for download on iOS and Android. Groceries are picked in two local Co-op stores in Sale (Washway Road and Coppice Avenue) and delivered locally, quickly and conveniently on-demand in minutes.

The launch in Greater Manchester continues Starship’s recent expansion across the north of England. The company’s robots are already a familiar and popular sight in several other UK towns and cities including Milton Keynes, Northampton, Bedford, Cambourne, Cambridge and Leeds.

Robot delivering groceriesCllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “We are excited to be working with the Co-op and Starship Technologies to launch this new initiative in the Sale area. The robots are a lot of fun and it will be great to see them taking to the streets of the borough. But there is a more serious message here – Trafford Council is totally committed to helping the environment and reducing our carbon emissions, and the electric robots could well contribute towards those aims. So, instead of driving to the Co-ops involved in the scheme, why not leave the car at home and have your groceries delivered by a friendly robot?”

Andrew Curtis, UK Operations Manager at Starship Technologies, said: “We are very pleased to offer the benefits of autonomous delivery to thousands of residents in Greater Manchester and continue our expansion in the north of England. The robots provide ease and convenience for people, while also making a positive contribution to reducing congestion and carbon emissions. We are confident that the service will be well received and look forward to a long-standing relationship with Trafford Council to hopefully roll the service out further in the months ahead.”

Starship Technologies will celebrate five years of commercial service next month, and since launch the company’s robots have safely completed more than four million deliveries around the world. Globally, the robots undertake 140,000 road crossings every day, with people using the service for its convenience and ease of use to fit shopping around their busy lives. This includes the nearly 25% of Starship’s customers who either have or live with someone that has an accessibility need.

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