Kroger and Nuro Form Partnership for Unmanned Grocery Delivery

Soon, Nuro’s fleet of autonomous vehicles will be delivering groceries to Kroger customers.

The two companies recently announced the partnership, which will enable customers to place same-day orders through Kroger’s ClickList system and Nuro’s app, according to a news release. The orders will then be delivered via the autonomous vehicles.

“We are incredibly excited about the potential of our innovative partnership with Nuro to bring the future of grocery delivery to customers today,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer, according to the release. “As part of Restock Kroger, we have already started to redefine the grocery customer experience and expand the coverage area for our anything, anytime and anywhere offering. Partnering with Nuro, a leading technology company, will create customer value by providing Americans access to fast and convenient delivery at a fair price.”

The pilot market will be announced soon with deliveries expected to begin this fall. This test marks the first application and deployment of Nuro’s hardware and software.

“Unmanned delivery will be a game-changer for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we’re thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value,” Nuro’s Co-Founder Dave Ferguson said, according to the release. “Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger’s ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life.”