Automated Truck Developer Gatik to Make Kroger Deliveries

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Autonomous expertise developer Gatik is partnering with grocery retailer chain Kroger for deliveries by way of automated medium-duty vehicles within the Dallas space.

The refrigerated 20-foot field vehicles will function seven days per week — initially with security drivers onboard — and can make a number of supply runs every day by way of a steady loop from Kroger’s Dallas distribution heart to shops within the area, Gatik stated in a March 15 information launch. This system is ready to launch within the second quarter of this yr.

Gatik already has greater than 25 vehicles on the street in Texas for patrons that embrace Pitney Bowes, Georgia-Pacific and KBK. It additionally has operations in Arkansas and Ontario. Since its industrial launch in 2019, Gatik has delivered 500,000 buyer orders by way of its Lessons 3-6 vehicles, it stated.

“Kroger’s dedication to redefining service ranges for its prospects by progressive expertise meant that our collaboration got here collectively in a short time,” stated Gautam Narang, Gatik co-founder and CEO. “We’re deeply aware of working our autonomous fleet inside the Dallas ecosystem, and we’re very excited to carry that have to help Kroger in its mission to reshape the way forward for items supply.”

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“We’re so excited to see Gatik vehicles beginning to ship groceries all through our Dallas division,” added Raúl Bujalil, Kroger’s vice chairman of provide chain technique and expertise enablers. “These autonomous field vehicles will assist us proceed our dedication to making a seamless buying expertise — the place prospects can entry their favourite recent meals, with zero compromise on worth or comfort.”

Gatik was based in 2017, and has operations in Mountain View, Calif., and Toronto. Its autonomous trucking facility is positioned in Dallas. The corporate’s different trade companions embrace Cummins, Ryder, Goodyear and Isuzu. Different prospects embrace Walmart and Loblaw, it stated.

Kroger ranks No. 25 on the Transport Subjects High 100 listing of the most important non-public carriers in North America.

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