Co-op and Amazon land

Grocery delivery trial launches in Glasgow

Try robot? Co-op has extended its partnership with Starship Technologies.

AMAZON grocery and the Co-op have joined forces for a grocery pilot scheme in Glasgow.

Co-op’s Glasgow Crown Street site is now serving as the test site for the new partnership, offering Amazon Prime customers same-day delivery on Co-op groceries, which can be scheduled in two-hour time slots.

Initially launching in Glasgow – and covering surrounding areas such as Hamilton and Paisley – the initiative is expected to roll out to other parts of the UK before the end of the year. Co-op said it hopes its Amazon service will eventually be available nationwide.

Co-op has also been further dabbling in ecommerce experimentation through the rollout of a new robot trial.

The retailer has extended its partnership with Starship Technologies, the delivery robot company launched by the co-founders of Skype.

According to Co-op, the robots allow groceries to be delivered in as little as 20 minutes and are eco-friendly.

The convenience retailer plans to increase the number of robots delivering Co-op groceries from 200 to 500 by the end of this year, bringing them to five new towns and cities.

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food, said: “Co-op stores across the country are well placed to serve shoppers locally and a key part of our strategy is to further develop our ecommerce offer by using the competitive advantage of our store footprint to provide ultra-fast home deliveries.”