LOS ANGELES – The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) today announced udelv, autonomous and electric delivery vehicle is the winner of the Spring 2018 CART Virtual Pitch Event! Custom-made and ready for public roads, udelv is already delivering groceries in some regions. The reduced cost of delivery and more flexible delivery times led panelists representing over 18,000 retail stores to select udelv as the winner over hundreds of other applicants. The event is in partnership with Winsight Grocery Business, presented by dunnhumby and supported by ShoptoCook and Curbside.
“This is a perfect example of new innovation transforming what’s possible and doing so cost-effectively for retailers,” said Sterling Hawkins, Operations and Venture Relations at CART. “The viability of this technology dramatically impacts eCommerce fulfillment. Those that adopt faster will have significant advantages in the short term, getting a jump on their competition.” Currently, customers can place their order online from existing brick and mortar retailers that have engaged with udelv. When their order is arriving, the customer receives a push notification via the app on their phone, which they then tap to open a compartment to retrieve their items.
Three finalists are also announced as runners up in the event.
- Brain Corp: AI Platform for Self-Driving Robots first implemented with store floor cleaners;
- BeeHex: Nasa funded 3D food printing technology for custom items; and
- PopSpots: Computer-vision based OOS notification technology combined with digital signage for checkout lanes.
Final decisions were made by panelists ranging from wholesalers such as SuperValu to retailers such as Woodman’s Market and Weis Market.
“The CART Virtual Pitch Event enables retailers of all sizes to keep up with the fast pace of change,” said Hawkins. “udelv is a perfect example of a disruptive technology that retailers need to know about.”
The Fall 2018 Retail Innovation Pitch Event will take place October 10, 2018. The competition will give participants exposure to potential investors, retailers and media. Participation is open to startups of all stages worldwide at no cost.
For more details and to apply, please visit: http://www.advancingretail.org/innovation.