Albertsons has teamed with automated logistics provider Tortoise for a zero-emission cart that can be controlled by a remote operator. Equipped with a camera and speaker, the Safeway cart travels at an average speed of 3mph and can hold up to 120 pounds of groceries in four lockable containers. It’s powered by an electric battery.
“Our team is obsessed with trying new and disruptive technologies that can bring more convenience for our customers,” said Chris Rupp, Albertsons EVP and chief customer and digital officer. “We are willing to quickly test, learn and implement winning innovations that ensure we are offering the easiest and most convenient shopping experience in the entire industry.”
Customers receive a text when Safeway arrives at their home so they can pick up their groceries. It’s currently being tested in select neighborhoods, escorted by a human associate.