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Co-op launches UK supermarkets’ first 15-minute service that will make your life easier

The co-op is set to launch a 15-minute service that will make your life easier in a UK supermarket first.

The supermarket says it will be the first in the country to launch ‘walking deliveries’ for households and workplaces up to 15 minutes walk from its stores.

The new initiative is set to work in 200 stores after successful trials in Cornwall.

The rollout should include small towns and rural villages that are often considered “offline” by fast-to-home delivery providers who tend to focus on urban areas, the co-op said.

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Coop to develop its online activities and launch the first delivery service on foot

Shoppers can also expect to see the co-op increase its online presence as the company unveils plans to grow its digital business by a further 50% to reach £300m by the end of this year.

Online services are now available in more than 2,000 of its stores in cities and towns.

Increased use of robots is also part of Co-op’s plans with autonomous home delivery robots hitting the streets of Cambridge for the first time this week in partnership with Starship Technologies.

Robot deliveries from the supermarket are already a familiar sight in Milton Keynes, where they were first launched, and in Northampton.

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Chris Conway, Co-op’s Director of E-Commerce, said, “Making shopping quick, easy and convenient for our members and customers is at the very heart of our approach.

“Our goal is to be the most convenient home delivery service and we continue to innovate to meet consumer needs.”