Grubhub partners with Starship for robot food delivery on campus

Sustainable program will power food delivery for benefit of 170,000 students at major colleges

Delivery provider Grubhub partnered with Starship Technologies to offer robot delivery services on major US college campuses. This partnership is currently available at the University of Kentucky, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Wayne State University, Southern Methodist University, and Fairfield University.

According to the companies, 170,000+ students will have access to these robot-powered deliveries at their campuses. These campuses join another 25 schools that are already powered by Starship Technologies’ fleet of 2,000 robots.

Grubhub expands options via autonomous delivery

“Robot delivery solves the unique challenges of accessing hard-to-reach areas that come from operating on a college campus,” said Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub. “With Starship’s robots, students can enjoy a fun, new way to order their favorite meals right to their door—whether that be the library, their dorm, academic hall or another campus building. Offering this type of delivery further improves the Grubhub dining experience as we continue to provide innovative solutions for students and our campus partners.”

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For Grubhub, this collaboration expands its campus delivery options, increasing flexibility and variety for students. Currently, Grubhub partners with 250 college campuses across the United States. Students are able to integrate their meal plans directly into the Grubhub account. This mechanism provides additional customer options both off and on campus, for delivery and pickup.

Starship delivers reliable, sustainable solution

“We’re excited to partner with Grubhub on such a diverse and exciting roster of schools as we’ve worked hard to become a trusted and integrated partner on our campus communities,” said Alastair Westgarth, chief executive of Starship Technologies. “Over 90 percent of students say that Starship robots are helpful and convenient, so we are looking forward to bringing our service to more students across the country.”

Working with a zero-emission robot fleet, Starship is making inroads into food delivery through its innovative offering. More specifically, the robot delivery experience acts as a B2B delivery-as-a-service solution for its partners. Plus, Starship’s delivery integrates into these retailers’ platforms.

The company’s robotics have clear advantages as a solution for food delivery. First, they are a sustainable option. Second, they can travel up to 4mph and carry the equivalent of up to three bags of groceries. Finally, they can operate in multiple weather conditions, including rain and snow, said Starship.

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“Fairfield University is thrilled to partner with Starship and Grubhub—our official mobile food-ordering and delivery partner—on this innovative robot delivery initiative,” said Matt Dinnan, assistant vice president of auxiliary services at Fairfield University. “As the first college in the Northeast to roll out this technology, our campus is already buzzing with enthusiasm about the new robotic pick-up and delivery service option that will no doubt enhance the student experience here at Fairfield.”

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