Autonomous delivery vehicles facilitate optimizing the notorious last mile on the way to customers and guests. Contract caterer and multi-service provider Sodexo North America is cooperating with Kiwibot. The specialist for robot-assisted delivery will now send its autonomously driving fleet to three US universities for Sodexo.
Together with Kiwibot, Sodexo wants to enhance "smart campuses." Initial sites include New Mexico State University, Loyola Marymount University in California and Gonzaga University in Washington, according to a company release.
Kiwibot provides comprehensive remote and on-site customer service for businesses. It integrates with any business’s point-of-sale to distribute their food products via powerful, cute-looking robots. Therefore, Kiwibot and Sodexo together envision a subscription program where every person in a Sodexo-serviced location can access any goods that can fit into a robot, and are located within a university campus.
We are excited to grow our robot food delivery service with Kiwibot and provide customers with a safe, convenient, contactless, and innovative solution,said Aurelia Valot, the VP of Digital Transformation and Innovation, Sodexo.
We are looking forward to expanding this offering in the coming months.
"Our success comes from incredible clients like Sodexo who are willing to change the status quo," said Felipe Chávez Cortés, CEO and co-founder of Kiwibot. "This is just the beginning of our offerings for college students to test the latest in robotic meal delivery and provide universities across the U.S. with the future of smart campuses."
Extensively tested in B2C mode, Kiwibot has deployed its delivery vehicle in Berkeley with about 150,000 deliveries. They then expanded to San Jose, Santa Monica, Denver, Dallas, Taipei and Medellin, among others, with a new B2B business model and partners.