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Get ready for 2-hour delivery, Washington D.C.

ZDNet

A leading online grocer is teaming up with a company pioneering the use of robots and small micro-fulfillment centers to bring ultra-fast grocery delivery to the nation's capital. The partnership between Fresh Direct, which operates grocery deliveries in the northeast, and Fabric will rely on robotic micro-fulfillment to push the speed envelope in the red hot delivery race. Early last year I wrote about the hazy state of the on-demand grocery delivery market, which has only recently emerged but by any measure will be enormous. It's hard to find a clear assessment of the impact online grocery delivery is having both on grocers and consumers. The online grocery paradigm is taking shape very quickly, but aside from hodgepodge delivery numbers and mind-boggling market reports predicting a market in excess of $100 billion, the state of the industry is a little uncertain.


Walmart brings autonomous grocery deliveries to Houston

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Walmart is trying out self-driving shipments. Walmart is testing new ways to deliver your milk, eggs and bread using self-driving vehicles. The world's largest retailer said Tuesday it has teamed up with Nuro, a Mountain View, California-based autonomous vehicle startup, to pilot grocery deliveries in Houston. Nuro, founded in 2016, has already raised $1 billion in funding, according to Crunchbase. It has previously partnered with Domino's for pizza deliveries and Kroger for grocery deliveries.


Amazon starts delivering groceries to US Prime members for free and within an HOUR

Daily Mail - Science & tech

US Amazon Prime members can now benefit from free grocery deliveries within 1–2 hours as the online retail firm makes Amazon Fresh a standard benefit of the subscription. The Amazon Fresh service, that previously cost an extra 14.99 a month, allows users to order from thousands of products including meats, produce and snacks. Delivery times vary based on the customer's location, with one and two-hour deliveries available in more than 2,000 cities and towns across the US. Food orders will have to be at least $35, or $50 in New York, before they qualify for free delivery. Amazon Fresh is available outside of the US -- in parts of the UK, Germany and India, for example -- but Amazon has not yet said if the benefit will be launched globally.


Autonomous Delivery Moves From Research Labs to the Streets

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When we place an order with UberEats we expect the to food arrive within 20 minutes, tops. If we buy a T-shirt on Amazon, we can have it delivered to our door in a matter of hours. As consumers everywhere shift to online shopping and food ordering, suppliers are facing increasing competition and demand for faster and more reliable delivery services. Our current labor-intensive delivery methods may not be up to the challenge, but AI-powered methods are. The development and integration of autonomous delivery systems is rapidly emerging as the leading solution for increasing delivery speed, efficiency and capacity.


2018 was point of no return for online grocery delivery (But two companies are dominating)

ZDNet

It's hard to find a clear assessment of the impact online grocery delivery is having both on grocers and consumers. The online grocery paradigm is taking shape very quickly, but aside from hodgepodge delivery numbers and mind-boggling market reports predicting a market in excess of $100 billion, the state of the industry is a little uncertain. A new report from CommonSense Robotics, which makes warehouse robots for fulfillment centers, has some striking takeaways, including the eye-popping finding that same-day grocery delivery grew a staggering 500 percent over the previous year in 2018. After years of skepticism in an industry that's been long underpenetrated by e-commerce, grocery retailers made strides in the rollout of curbside pickup and same-day grocery delivery, signalling change for an industry that once appeared to be immune to the shift to online. CommonSense and other logistics automation providers like Tompkins Robotics and Ocado are at the technological nexus of the shift to online grocery fulfillment.


This scrappy self-driving upstart is about to beat the biggest companies in the world to autonomous grocery delivery

ZDNet

Hot on the heels of grocery giant Kroger's announcement that it will begin testing last-mile autonomous delivery using Nuro vehicles comes a surprising public debut from a scrappy autonomous driving startup that so far has operated mostly in the shadows. AutoX, which was founded by a young Princeton Professor named Jianxiong Xiao (Professor X to his students), has announced it will begin delivering groceries via its L4 autonomous vehicles in San Jose, with additional public trials to follow. Unlike most deep-pocketed self-driving companies, which use laser arrays and a bevy of sophisticated sensors in their autonomous platforms, AutoX uses inexpensive cameras and relies on its AI smarts to navigate the world around it (Tesla has also forsworn LiDAR in its Autopilot mode). AutoX is partnering with GrubMarket.com for its new grocery delivery service. A temperature controlled AutoX vehicle arrives with groceries and pops the trunk.


Kroger starts testing self-driving grocery delivery in Arizona

Engadget

You now have a chance to try Kroger's self-driving grocery delivery... if you happen to live in the right part of Arizona. The chain has launched its driverless delivery pilot at a single Fry's Food Stores location in Scottsdale, giving you a chance to receive foodstuffs courtesy of Nuro's autonomous vehicles. Order through the Fry's website or app and the robotic courier can deliver either the same day or next day for a $6 flat fee. You'll have to live in the same 85257 ZIP code, so you can't make them drive across town just to satisfy your curiosity. Sadly, you won't see Nuro's custom R1 vehicle (above) roll up to your home in the earliest stages of the pilot -- it'll be a modified Toyota Prius instead, and the very first phase will include a just-in-case driver.


Kroger's will start driverless grocery delivery in this town

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Kroger unveils plans to test market home delivery via driverless cars. The grocer with 119 locations in Arizona is part of the Kroger chain. Kroger confirmed Thursday it will begin testing driverless grocery delivery in suburban Phoenix. Customers of the supermarket giant's subsidiary Fry's in Scottsdale, Arizona will be able to place online orders starting Thursday. Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery though a fleet of self-driving vehicles.


Driverless Grocery Delivery in Phoenix Could Start This Fall

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"You will be the go-to-person on the ground as we launch our first satellite office/city," Nuro says in a help wanted posting on its website. As "city manager," you'd manage a fleet of vehicles that have no seats for humans yet will supposedly negotiate the roadways with human motorists without creating snarls and pileups. Nuro's also looking for a fleet technician and shift manager, who'll also be based in Phoenix. It seems that the job offerings are part of a driverless grocery delivery plan by Nuro and retail giant Kroger. Neither company will confirm that Phoenix will be the site of the pilot program.


Kroger Partners With Driverless Car Company To Enhance Delivery Service

International Business Times

Kroger, one of the country's largest grocery retailers, looks to bring its grocery delivery service into the future with plans to utilize autonomous vehicles to send goods to customers, the company announced Thursday. The partnership between the Ohio-based grocery chain and driverless car company Nuro means that customers can place same-day delivery orders through Kroger's ClickList ordering system and Nuro's fleet of self-driving vehicles will deliver those orders. Kroger, with 2,800 stores across the U.S, hopes that with the help of Nuro's technology it will "change the status quo of grocery delivery through convenience at a low price." It is the first time the tech company's hardware and software are being utilized, the company said. The rollout is slated for fall.