Pizza Hut Canada has partnered with Serve Robotics for a door-to-door robot delivery service in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Under a two-week pilot programme, selected Vancouver customers who placed their order through the Pizza Hut app could receive their order delivered directly to their doorstep by the robot.
The pilot programme will run until 30 September.
With this new partnership, Pizza Hut, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, is embarking on the ‘latest innovation in the pizza-verse’.
Pizza Hut Canada Operations director Manish Dhankher said: “We’re always looking for ways to enhance our customer service and deliver hot, fresh and delicious menu favourites to our customers.
“Pizza Hut is thrilled to be at the forefront of this technology and partner with Serve Robotics to bring this offering to Canada for the first time.
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“This signals an exciting step forward for the future of delivery technology in Canada. We’re confident Vancouverites will not only experience delight in having a robot deliver their food but will also find this complements Pizza Hut’s existing delivery service, allowing us to deliver more food to more people. We look forward to learning from this pilot in Vancouver.”
The Pizza Hut store at 1725 Robson Street, Vancouver, was selected as the first location to take part in the pilot.
Once customers placed their order on the Pizza Hut app and selected robotic delivery, they would receive a unique one-time pin to release their order from the robot’s secure compartment.
Customers would also be able to track the location of the robot using the app.
Serve Robotics co-founder and CEO Dr Ali Kashani said: “Serve is excited to partner with Pizza Hut to provide Vancouver customers with the convenience and reliability of zero-emissions robotic delivery.
“This is an important step forward in our efforts to expand our delivery platform to serve more cities and communities.”
Serve Robotics is an autonomous sidewalk delivery company. It claims to have completed tens of thousands of deliveries, removing the equivalent of thousands of car trips and many tons of CO₂.
In July, Tasty Hut purchased 27 franchised Pizza Hut restaurants in the US for $8.7m.