The Estonian delivery startup, Starship Technologies, is rolling into university campuses with its delivery robots, having launched at Northern Arizona University recently.
Starship, together with Sodexo, a provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services, launched the delivery robots at the end of March with Einstein Bros Bagels and five other campus restaurants, the company said in a statement,
Starship and Sodexo say that an extra 1,500 breakfast orders have been delivered autonomously since the two companies joined forces to debut the Starship delivery robots on the campus of George Mason University at the end of January. This follows a similar pattern seen at corporate campuses where delivery robots were added.
Northern Arizona University’s nearly 25,000 students and faculty can now use the Starship app to order food and drinks from local retailers to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes. Each on-demand delivery costs just $1.99 and also works in conjunction with the student meal plan. Other participating on-campus retailers include national chain Star Ginger, as well as restaurants Cobrizo Mexican Grill, Turnip the Greens, G’s NY Style Deli, and the Wedge Market and Pizza.
First time in Arizona
This also marks one of the first times that sidewalk delivery robots are operating in Arizona. The state is one of seven that have approved the operation of delivery robots.
Starship operates commercially on a daily basis around the world and its robots have traveled over 150,000 miles.
Sodexo is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries; it’s a provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organisational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily.
Cover: A Starship robot.