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12/07/2022

Grubhub, Kiwibot Partner for Robot Delivery on College Campuses

This delivery will be available at the University of North Dakota next semester.
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The Kiwibots will start delivering on the University of North Dakota campus next semester. These robots can operate in snow and extreme weather. (generic robot image.)

Grubhub and Kiwibot, a last-mile robotic delivery company, have teamed up to provide robot delivery services on college campuses across the United States.

Robot delivery from Kiwibot and Grubhub will first be available at the University of North Dakota before rolling out to additional schools next semester. Kiwibot joins Grubhub's existing partners, including Cartken and Starship, on nearly a dozen campuses offering robot delivery.

"Bringing a delivery service to campus was an offering we've been wanting to provide at the university," said Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services at the University of North Dakota. "...This type of delivery will provide them with one more option to access food on campus during their busy days."

Students will be able to select this delivery via the Grubhub app from on-campus dining locations, including the Memorial Union Food court and Wilkerson Dining Center. The Kiwibots rely on advanced technology with a high-driving autonomous system and can operate in snow and extreme weather conditions. For safety, they move at the same speed as a human walking pace and can hold up to 25 pounds.

Integrated Delivery

"...We see robot delivery as a complementary offering to traditional delivery since the robots can navigate hard-to-reach areas on campuses," said Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub. "Our campus partners have been asking for us to help bring this delivery option to their school, and we are excited to partner with Kiwibot to expand this innovative and convenient type of delivery to more colleges across the country."

"Our partnership with Grubhub means we'll be able to provide an integrated delivery service that allows students to experience Kiwibot delivery right from Grubhub's app," added Felipe Chávez, CEO of Kiwibot. 

This partnership grows Grubhub's delivery options on college campuses, providing additional opportunities for students to get their favorite meals while creating healthy relationships with technology developments that contribute to making day-to-day life on campus more efficient. Grubhub partners with more than 250 college campuses across the United States to give students the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub account and access restaurants both on- and off-campus for delivery and pickup.