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Kroger, Gatik Collaborate On Autonomous Box Trucks

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Trucks will be used to transport fresh products

Gatik has announced a commercial collaboration to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network.

Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport fresh products from a Kroger fulfillment center in Dallas, Texas, to multiple retail locations. Gatik’s autonomous trucks 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 the grocer’s Dallas distribution network. This will give Kroger increased speed and responsiveness when fulfilling e-commerce orders and reduced costs and increased capacity across the supply chain’s middle mile.

“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, 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’ immediate needs, providing access to goods more reliably.

“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 compromise on value or convenience.”

Since launching commercial operations in 2019, Gatik has delivered half a million customer orders, using its commercial-grade autonomous technology to transport freight on the middle mile. For more information about Gatik and its services, visit gatik.ai/about.

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