Kroger And Nuro Launch Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service In Houston

Posted: Apr 19, 2019

South Post Oak Kroger completes first deliveries to Southwest Houston residents

HOUSTON, April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), America's largest grocery retailer, and Nuro, the robotics company transforming local commerce, have launched their autonomous grocery delivery service in Houston, starting with the South Post Oak store and followed by the 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.

Kroger and Nuro's innovative service provides a new type of delivery service option for Houston residents. Like the first pilot market in Scottsdale, Arizona, 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, TX, servicing 77401 and 77096

Store Two (spring 2019): 5150 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, 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 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.

April 17, 2019

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