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ALBERTSONS COMPANIES PARTNERS WITH TORTOISE FOR LAST MILE DELIVERY

March 8, 2021

Albertsons Companies and Safeway are piloting a remote-controlled zero-emission delivery cart from our portfolio company Tortoise in Northern California.

The Safeway cart, powered by Tortoise, is equipped with a camera and a speaker and is guided through the neighbourhood by a remote operator. The cart can hold up to 120 pounds of groceries in four lockable containers for a contactless delivery experience. When the cart arrives at home, the customer receives a text to come outside and pick up their groceries. The carts are specifically designed to deliver groceries and parcels in a safe manner – at an average speed of 3 mph and powered 100% by an electric battery.

Currently, the service is open for testing with Safeway associates in select Northern California neighbourhoods. In these early stages, a friendly escort will accompany the cart as part of the pilot process (and getting their daily steps in at the same time!).

Same-day, zero-emissions, contactless, and affordable home delivery is the new normal and Tortoise is making this is a 2021 reality.