Mega-bite: Robots heading to Wakefield as grocery delivery service expands across Yorkshire

24 May 2023

Robots are heading to Wakefield as Starship Technologies, the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, has partnered with Co-op and Wakefield Council to bring the benefits of autonomous grocery delivery to residents.

The service will initially be available to 13,000 residents across more than 6,500 households in the district, with orders made through the Starship food delivery app, which is available for download on iOS and Android.

Groceries will be picked fresh from the Co-op store on Meadow Vale, Outwood, and delivered quickly and conveniently from store to door in minutes.

Anyone placing an order will also be able to enjoy a recently launched new feature from Starship, with three robot “characters” available to customise the delivery experience. Wakefield residents can choose to receive their orders from Sir Lance-a-bot, Gizmo and Sunshine, with each greeting customers in their own unique way. Customers can also choose a song for their robot to play on arrival.

The launch in Wakefield continues Starship’s recent expansion across Yorkshire and the north of England, with the company’s robots already a familiar sight in several other locations across the UK including Leeds and Trafford.

Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for planning and highways, said: “We’re excited that this cutting-edge technology is coming to our district and helping our residents who might find it difficult to get out and about with an affordable and convenient way of doing their food shopping."The service is also environmentally-friendly - the robots are zero emission; people won’t need to drive to the shops in their cars, and it will help to reduce food waste as people can order a small shop with the exact ingredients they need.”

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