Imagine needing a last-minute product for a project, but instead of leaving the house to get it, you simply order it online and a robot delivers it to your door the same day?
No need to imagine it. Lowe’s and FedEx are collaborating to better understand customers’ needs and bring this vision to life.
Wednesday, FedEx announced its latest effort in providing delivery solutions: a same-day delivery, autonomous robot designed to deliver smaller shipments to customers. The FedEx SameDay Bot will soon begin testing in key markets, and ultimately will work with several large retailers, including Lowe’s.
Lowe’s is excited to play a role in collaboration efforts with FedEx regarding SameDay Bot. To help FedEx and bot developers create the design and application, Lowe’s is providing information about the unique needs of its customers and delivery needs for our business.
“The convenience and capability of the FedEx Same Day Bot has the potential to greatly simplify and speed distribution for the full range of our customers. Consider pros who could save time and money by never leaving the job site for the critical tools and supplies they need from Lowe’s,” said Don Frieson, Lowe’s executive vice president, supply chain. “We look forward to exploring all the possibilities to enhance the service we provide our customers through this innovation.”
The technology is also designed to be safe, efficient and environmentally conscious. The bot will travel along sidewalks and roadsides using pedestrian-safe technology. It will be equipped with multiple cameras and machine-learning, allowing it to be aware of its surroundings, navigating obstacles, road and safety rules, various surfaces and even steps leading to a customer’s door.
FedEx aims to begin testing the bot in select markets this summer.
Want to see the SameDay Bot in action? Check out the video below: