Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-08-05 22:33:35 –
El Paso, Texas (KTSM)-Just before the fall semester, New Mexico State University’s main campus was crowded with robots. But not of any kind. It’s cute, fast and efficient by serving warm and delicious meals.
The Kiwibot Food Delivery Service will begin at NMSU, offering students moving to campus dormitories a quick option to get a fresh meal from the Sodexo service location on campus. Meals are ordered from the Sodexo Bite + app and paid as part of a meal plan subscription or a la carte, according to people familiar with the matter. This unique service was developed with student needs in mind, but is also available to NMSU faculty and staff. Currently, dining options are limited to Sodexo offerings, but there are plans to expand to eateries on various campuses. Dwayne Wisniewski, Director of NMSU Dining, said: “Our goal is to expand to more than 10 grocery stores across the campus, including Subway, Chick-fil-A, and Einstein Bros. Bagels, within the next few months.” Kiwibots is recipients only. Delivers food through a locked compartment that can be opened from the Bite + app. Each robot is thoroughly disinfected between deliveries. Average delivery time is 20-35 minutes, depending on distance and peak meal delivery time. Aurelia Valot, Vice President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Sodexo, said: Kiwibot is a Berkeley, CA-based company with great success at the University of Denver in downtown San Jose, California, Medellín, Colombia, and Taipei, Taiwan. David Rodriguez, director of strategy and operations at Kiwibot, said Kiwibot was launched in Colombia in 2017 and began expanding in the United States last year. Kiwibot’s popularity grew when the COVID-19 pandemic created demand for delivery services and was also used to deliver food in food pantry in several locations. Kiwibot delivery times depend on normal Sodexo location opening hours.
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