American automaker General Motors launched an electric supermarket cart designed for grocery delivery services. The vehicle has been undergoing tests in partnership with the Kroger supermarket chain.
Under the BrightDrop brand, GM is selling its new all-electric commercial vans and associated technology, which cThey have nine temperature control drawers and are weather resistantso they can be used throughout the year.
The compartments can be locked and the cart can be integrated into a store’s app, so it can be left for the customer to retrieve their own purchases using a verification code.
Among other things, the vehicles have a propulsion system, with which vehicle can handle loads up to 350 pounds and achieve speeds of 3 miles per hoursays the company.
BrightDrop’s Trace Grocery eCart model Allows items to be stored at food-safe temperatures for up to four hours. In addition, you can provide access to customers without the presence of an employee and allows exploring new ways of bringing products to buyers’ doors.
Kroger has been testing the vehicles and they are expected to be widely available in its stores later this year.
BrightDrop President and CEO Travis Katz said in a statement that the implementation of this model stems from the increased demand for online groceries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Katz said fulfilling orders profitably “It has become a huge challenge for retailers of all sizes. With Trace Grocery, we saw an opportunity to help companies like Kroger meet these challenges head-on,” he said.
In addition to Kroger, other self-service chains are using electric cars. In recent months Walmart, which has made several changes to its store pickup policies, announced the purchase of 4,500 Canoo electric delivery cars.
Online grocery store is a rapidly expanding market which is expected to reach $240 billion by 2025.
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Source: La Opinion