By Russell Redman
Source: Supermarket News

The Save Mart Cos. has kicked off robot-powered online grocery delivery at its flagship Lucky California store in Pleasanton using autonomous vehicles from Starship Technologies.

Save Mart said Wednesday that the program makes the Pleasanton Lucky California the first San Francisco Bay Area supermarket to use the compact delivery robots from San Francisco-based Starship. The launch also marks an expansion of Save Mart’s partnership with Starship, which in September 2020 began e-grocery delivery with its robotic vehicles at the flagship Save Mart store in Modesto, Calif.

With the technology’s premiere at Lucky California Pleasanton, more than 1,500 households will have access to the robotic delivery service, which is expected to grow rapidly in the upcoming months, according to Save Mart. The grocer said that since the autonomous vehicles’ launch at the Modesto store — the first U.S. supermarket to employ the Starship solution — the service area has expanded to more than 55,000 households.

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