Kiwibot Deploys Delivery Robots to Loyola Marymount University
November 1, 2021
Loyola Marymount University and its LMU Dining unit have announced partnering with Kiwibot to provide robot deliveries of hot, fresh meals on the campus. Since launching a trial run in September, the university said more than 500 deliveries have been completed across the Los Angeles campus.
Through Sodexo’s Bite U app, LMU students, faculty and visitors can order from two Sodexo-serviced campus locations, including Qdoba and Iggy’s Cafe using their meal plan dollars. The program is expected to expand to additional locations in Spring 2022.
“We’re always looking for fun, innovative and eco-friendly food service programs to add to the LMU dining experience, and this partnership with Sodexo and Kiwibot is a perfect example of that,” said Andrew O’Reilly, senior director of auxiliary and business services at the university. “In addition, the Kiwibot experience is a fun and useful convenience for everyone to take advantage of. It will never be used to eliminate jobs or reduce labor needs within our dining facilities. In fact, the more successful the program, the more people we can hire to support the robots.”
The Kiwibot robots deliver food via locked compartments that only the recipient can open through the Kiwibot app. Each robot is sanitized between deliveries, and average deliveries arrive in 20 to 35 minutes, depending on distance and demand. Kiwibot currently operates more than seven locations around the world, including campuses and cities in California, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Michigan. The company said it has completed more than 150,000 food delivery and has built more than 400 robots.
More details on Kiwibot are available at its website.