Grocery chains will increasingly rely on innovative delivery alternatives as they seek to meet customer demand in a safe and efficient manner. In September, we announced our first partnership with a leading US grocery chain, The Save Mart Companies, to provide on-demand and instant delivery of their customers’ favorite products to their doorsteps.
As students return to college, our robots have been busy providing contactless, fast, and affordable delivery to campus. The number of stand-alone deliveries has increased, setting week-to-week records. We plan to expand to many new universities in 2021.
As we enter this next chapter, Lex Bayer is stepping down after serving as CEO of Starship from June 2018 to October 2020. During his tenure, the number of deliveries made by the company’s autonomous robots has increased from 5,000. more than 500,000, with more than 1 million kilometers traveled. We are proud of Starship’s growth and accomplishments during this time and grateful for Lex’s contributions, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
I will act as interim CEO as we search for the best person to lead the business into the future. Since I co-founded Starship with Janus Friis in 2014, I have been very proud to be part of the realization of our vision, including as CEO for almost four years and most recently as CTO.
In early 2021, we plan to complete our millionth stand-alone delivery. We’ve made it this far thanks to our innovative and globally leading fleet of robots, but most importantly the fantastic team of people who have made our company what it is today. I can’t wait for us to share more news about our Starship trip soon.