Availability and service innovations


Alibaba’s research and innovation institute, DAMO Academy, announced the large-scale rollout of its fleet of autonomous robots for last-mile deliveries.
Walmart recently announced that it is trialling drone delivery. In its latest effort to test the concept it has teamed up with Zipline to launch a first-of-its-kind drone delivery operation in the U.S.
Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil, is deploying multipurpose robots at Woodman’s Markets throughout Wisconsin and Illinois, with the goal to expand to all 18 Woodman’s locations by the end of 2020.
Zabka is testing an innovative parcel handling method, that does not require involvement from a shop assistant.
Robotics company Refraction AI has partnered with The Produce Station, an independently owned grocer in Michigan, to offer customers contactless delivery via its autonomous robot.
CVS Pharmacy is partnering with Nuro to offer autonomous deliveries of prescriptions and essentials in Houston, Texas.
A Toronto based entrepreneur aims to launch ‘Grocery Neighbour’, a fleet of trucks that will operate like a supermarket on wheels.
The drone company that had to abandon its fast-food delivery tests during March with Just Eat in Dublin has partnered with Ireland's health authority to deliver medicine in Moneygall.
UPS drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) teams up with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the US and internationally.
Woolworths has partnered with Australia Post and DHL Supply Chain to launch the Woolworths Basics Box.