Did you grow up with a Schwan man? A jovial sounding person who would drive a truck up your street so you could pick out pre-prep meals, frozen veggies and the like? I didn't and was always exceedingly jealous of that whole situation. But we live in the future now, and thanks to Robomart, soon I'll be able to have the Schwan man experience, minus the human man.
Founder Ali Ahmed hopes that Robomart will be the next step in the on-demand grocery store delivery game. Customers would call the Robomart to their home via an app, and the closest Robomart would pull up to deliver fresh groceries to their street. They would walk out, unlock the vehicle, choose whatever they want, close the door and be on their way. There's no check out process; customers would just be billed to their account. And unlike other grocery delivery services, Robomart addresses the issue that turns off many shoppers—the ability to select produce themselves.
Since Robomart isn't actually in the grocery business, it would lease the self-driving vehicles to store owners. With over 70 feet of shelf space, grocers could stock around 250 to 300 items. Ahmed is betting on grocers looking to expand their store footprint and delivery service in the most cost effective way possible.
The plan is to eventually expand Robomart beyond the traditional services for the on-demand crowd. The company sees potential for delivering prescriptions to seniors, and hopes that the fleet could be used to help combat food deserts.
Robomart is currently working on getting a pilot program up and running in the San Francisco area.