Kroger to test robot delivery in Ariz.
Kroger is testing new technology in Arizona that may revolutionize grocery shopping.
The company has selected Scottsdale, Ariz., as the first test city for its self-driving grocery delivery pilot.
Earlier this summer, Kroger and Nuro, maker of the world's first driverless delivery vehicle, announced a partnership to begin testing grocery delivery using Nuro's robots. Through the new self-driving delivery vehicles, customers will receive their groceries at their curb – safely and quickly.
"We're excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Fry's in Scottsdale," said Kroger Chief Digital Officer Yael Cosset. "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. We thank Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, and the Scottsdale community for being terrific partners and for supporting customer-focused innovation."
The pilot involves a single location on Aug. 16, a Fry’s Food Store at 7770 East McDowell Road in Scottsdale and will have a flat fee of $5.95, no minimum order. Customers can shop via frysfood.com or the Fry's Food Stores mobile app and place their order based on slot availability. Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery by Nuro's fleet of self-driving vehicles.
Currently, Kroger operates 2,800 stores in 35 states across the U.S.