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Kroger launches autonomous delivery in Houston

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Grocery service offered in partnership with Nuro

HOUSTON — Kroger Co. on Wednesday began offering grocery delivery service with autonomous vehicles in Houston. The service, offered in partnership with Nuro, is being offered from the retailer’s South Post Oak store, and will be available from its Buffalo Speedway store later this spring. Houston is the second market for Kroger and Nuro’s delivery service, and the first public use of Nuro’s self-driving fleet in the city.

The service represents a new type of delivery service option for Houston residents, according to the companies. As with the first pilot market in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kroger and Nuro are starting the service with Nuro’s manual and self-driving Toyota Prius fleet, and will introduce the next generation of Nuro’s custom driverless vehicle later this year.

“Nuro’s initial application of transporting goods through self-driving technology has allowed us to build a real service and have immediate impact on communities,” said Nuro co-founder, Dave Ferguson. “We are excited to introduce Houston to our time-saving service that provides customers with their groceries quickly and safely.”

“We’re excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Nuro in Houston, a leading city that embraces innovation and technology,” said Marlene Stewart, Kroger’s Houston division president. “Kroger continues to redefine the customer experience, and we’re thrilled to provide our customers with a new way to have their groceries delivered. We thank Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and the Houston community for being terrific partners and for supporting consumer-focused robotics.”

Delivery Service Details:

  • Where: Two Houston Kroger stores
    • Store One (available now): 10306 South Post Oak Road, Houston, Texas, servicing 77401 and 77096
    • Store Two (spring 2019): 5150 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas, servicing 77005 and 77025
    • Customers across Greater Houston will continue to have access to the grocery delivery service currently offered by Kroger.
  • When: Customers can place orders for delivery 7 days a week. The service is currently available at the South Post Oak Road store and will commence at the Buffalo Speedway location this spring.
  • How: Customers shop via Kroger.com or the Kroger app and place orders based on slot availability.
  • What: Grocery orders can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery by Nuro’s fleet of manual and self-driving vehicles.
  • Price: $5.95 flat fee; no minimum order.

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