9 May 2017 - Berlin
Delivery Hero and Starship Technologies launch robot food delivery in Europe
European pilot program for food delivery using a fleet of robots, complementing Delivery Hero’s existing zero emissions delivery
Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, and Starship Technologies, a company building a fleet of robots designed to deliver goods, today announced the launch of a robot food delivery pilot program in Europe. The program will be operated by Delivery Hero under the brand foodora and rolled-out in Hamburg today.
foodora’s signature pink bikes can be seen in the streets of over 50 high-density urban areas across Europe, Canada and Australia. The food delivery through robots will complement these zero emissions delivery methods.
In order to increase customer convenience, Starship aims to deliver all food orders within 15-30 minutes. Specially designed insulation inside the robot will ensure that the food remains well presented and hot.
Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said:
“We’re always looking for innovative ways to meet the needs of our customers, and this joint pilot program with Starship Technologies is a really exciting step on our journey towards creating an amazing takeaway experience, while at the same time offering a zero emissions delivery.”
Ahti Heinla, CEO of Starship Technologies, adds:
“For us the partnership with foodora is a great chapter in our efforts to offer convenient and fast deliveries to more customers. In the future, we view delivery robots as an integral part of modern life for businesses and customers, and we’re looking forward to further expanding our pilot programs around the world.”
About Delivery Hero
Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users, gross merchandise value or website traffic, in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own last-mile food delivery primarily in 50+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 5,000 employees.
About Starship Technologies
Starship Technologies is building a fleet of robots designed to deliver goods in 15-30 minutes within a 3 kilometre radius. The robots drive autonomously but are monitored by humans who can take over control at any time. Launched in July 2014, by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, Starship is changing the way parcels, groceries and food are delivered.
Bodo joined Delivery Hero in 2013. He started as Head of PR, today he is responsible for the company’s corporate communications. Before joining Delivery Hero he worked in the comms area for 20 years, holding various positions in journalism, marketing and PR at companys such as Burda, Springer or Betfair.
Bodo is a graduate of Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich, and Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. In addition he holds a Diplom (equiv. to MSc) in Regionalwissenschaften from University of Cologne.