Kroger has expanded its partnership with Nuro, an autonomous vehicle company, to allow for continued grocery delivery of the retailer’s own brands. The collaboration will introduce and leverage Nuro’s third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle in Houston.
The partnership began in 2018 when Kroger announced the partnership to deliver groceries. CVS and Walmart have joined Kroger in piloting Nuro in the past, both in Houston as well.
"We are thrilled to expand our longstanding strategic partnership with Kroger and further our shared vision for the future of goods delivery," said Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president. "We look forward to leveraging our third-generation, and most advanced, autonomous vehicle to date to continue to build on the success of this program."
Using Nuro's new third-generation vehicles, Kroger will continue to grow its digital offerings in Houston, one of the largest cities in the U.S. Kroger says that grocery delivery through autonomous vehicles is a leading-edge eCommerce solution that offers customer-focused convenience – regardless of basket size.
"Our expanded collaboration with Nuro supports Kroger's commitment to provide fresh food, at a great value – all without asking our customers to compromise," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's senior vice president and chief information officer. "The role of autonomous vehicles in our seamless ecosystem continues to increase, contributing to meeting our customers in the context of their day without compromising on the quality or value, while contributing to our long-term growth and sustainability goals."