According to a 2021 release, the retailer said it used autonomous vehicles daily on a 7-mile loop between a dark store and one of its Neighborhood Market locations in Arkansas. Gatik also last year said it started using autonomous vehicles to deliver Georgia-Pacific paper products to 34 Walmart-owned Sam’s Club locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Ikea last year started testing autonomous vehicles from Kodiak Robotics to make a 300-mile journey between its warehouse in Houston and a store in Dallas, Retail Leader previously reported. Texas has been popular for retailers looking to pilot autonomous vehicles due to limited regulations on the industry in the state, Reuters reported last year.
Kroger is the largest supermarket operator in the U.S. and last year announced plans to merge with rival Albertsons. Kroger operates about 2,700 supermarkets in the U.S. and operates its namesake banner as well as several others, including Harris Teeter, King Soopers and Pick ‘n Save.