Robotics & Automation News

Market trends and business perspectives

Coco delivery robot rolls out in Texas with a view to nationwide expansion

Coco, the LA-based remotely piloted delivery service, has officially hit the streets of Austin, Texas. As one of the nation’s most inventive and diverse food cities, Austin is a clear match for Coco’s more cost-effective, reliable, and traffic-free delivery service.

Coco has no plans of slowing its expansion, targeting Dallas, Houston and Miami in the next few months. This rapid growth is supported by Coco’s recent Series A funding round of $56 million.

In 2021, Coco transformed the food and beverage delivery landscape of Los Angeles, operating across all major LA neighborhoods and establishing themselves as the industry leader in the delivery space across reliability, speed-to-customer, sustainability, and cost effectiveness.

As compared to traditional delivery methods, Coco touts a 30 percent decrease in time-to-customer and an on-time delivery rate of 97 percent.

As demand for Coco’s services grew from merchants across the country, Coco set its expansion into motion, landing first in Austin before heading to Texas’s other major cities.

Roland Peña, senior vice president of global tech and innovation for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, says: “We’re excited that Coco is launching their first-ever expansion outside of California and bringing their innovative technology to Austin.

“Coco was founded on the same entrepreneurial spirit that Austin has been embracing for decades. Their dedication to a streamlined service that simultaneously reduces costs, increases consistency and helps our businesses connect with customers in a sustainable way fits right into the Austin region’s identity of ingenuity, customer success and business profitability.”

Zach Rash, co-founder and CEO of Coco, says: “When evaluating markets for expansion, Austin stood out to the team as a perfect match.

“Austin’s entrepreneurial spirit, top notch food scene, and commitment to supporting small businesses makes it an ideal fit for Coco.”

Coco launched Austin with 10 partners, including Arpeggio Grill, Bamboo Bistro, Clay Pit, DeSano Pizzeria, Tuk Tuk Thai, and Aviator Pizza, and will continue to onboard over the coming weeks to accommodate the rapid influx of merchant interest.

This initial launch includes merchants servicing the South Lamar, South Congress, South Austin, Downtown, Northside, North Loop, and Domain neighborhoods.

Jimmy FitzGerald, owner of DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana, says: “We’re excited about the new partnership with Coco this month. The Coco team has been on the ground getting everything ready to kick it off. Their people have been just fantastic.

“Our DeSano teams here in Austin are very excited about this new ground-breaking delivery platform at both locations. It’s helping us look at delivery in a whole new way.”

Nam Noieam of Tuk Tuk Thai Cafe, says: “Tuk Tuk Thai Cafe is super excited to be part of the first launch of Coco robot delivery in Austin. We believe this innovation will provide a faster and more reliable delivery service to our customers.”

CEO of Aviator Pizza said, “We are very happy to be partnering with Coco for delivery. We love to support innovative companies that are out there making changes in the world. We feel remotely piloted delivery is the bridge to the day we have reliable and safe autonomous delivery vehicles. Coco is far ahead of the game!”

Leave a Reply