Grocery chains will increasingly rely on innovative delivery alternatives, as they seek to meet customer demand safely and efficiently. In September we announced our first partnership with a major US grocery chain, The Save Mart Companies, to provide on-demand, instant delivery of their customers’ favourite products to their door.
As students return to university, our robots have been busy offering contactless, fast and affordable delivery across campus. The number of autonomous deliveries has been growing, setting records week on week. We have plans to expand to many new universities in 2021.
As we move into this next chapter, Lex Bayer is stepping down after serving as CEO of Starship from June 2018 until October 2020. During his tenure, the number of deliveries completed by the Company’s autonomous robots grew from 5,000 to over 500,000, with over 1 million miles traveled. We’re proud of Starship’s growth and achievements over this period and grateful for Lex’s contributions, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
I will act as interim CEO while we search for the best person to lead the company into the future. Since co-founding Starship with Janus Friis in 2014, I have been so proud to play a part in the realisation of our vision, including as CEO for almost four years and most recently as CTO.
In early 2021 we expect to make our one millionth autonomous delivery. We have come this far thanks to our innovative and world-leading fleet of robots but — more importantly — the fantastic team of people who’ve made our company what it is today. I can’t wait for us to share more news about our Starship journey soon.