Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport products from a Kroger Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in Dallas, Texas, to multiple retail locations.
Gatik’s autonomous trucks each feature a cold chain-capable 20-foot box designed to transport ambient, refrigerated, and frozen goods.
The collaboration involves consistent, repeated delivery runs multiple times per day, seven days per week across Kroger’s Dallas distribution network, while using the advantages of autonomous delivery for Kroger’s customers. The operations will launch in Q2 of 2023.
“Kroger’s commitment to redefining service levels for its customers through innovative technology meant that our collaboration came together very quickly,” said Gautam Narang, co-founder and CEO of Gatik. “We’re deeply familiar with operating our autonomous fleet within the Dallas ecosystem, and we’re very excited to bring that experience to support Kroger in its mission to reshape the future of goods delivery.”
Gatik’s autonomous middle mile solution will help support Kroger by meeting customers’ needs whether they shop online or in-store.
Since launching commercial operations in 2019, Gatik has delivered half a million customer orders, leveraging its autonomous technology to transport freight on the middle mile. Gatik provides autonomous transportation as a service (ATaaS) for customers across multiple markets including Arkansas and Ontario.
“We are so excited to see Gatik trucks starting to deliver groceries throughout our Dallas division,” said Raúl Bujalil, VP of supply chain strategy and technology enablers. “These autonomous box trucks will help us continue our commitment to creating a seamless shopping experience - where customers can access their favorite fresh foods, with zero compromises on value or convenience.”