“We’re thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options,” said Matt Camino, director of eCommerce at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, in a press release. “This innovative technology from PepsiCo is enhancing campus life for our students, staff and faculty alike, who have embraced this new way of snacking from Pepsi.”
Snackbot delivers healthy snacks and beverages from Hello Goodness direct to students. This the first U.S. launch of robots from a major food and beverage company.
The University of Pacific community can place food and drink orders from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot app, which is available for iOS with a University of the Pacific email address. The products can be delivered to more than 50 areas across the 175-acre campus, with the snackbots able to travel a range of more than 20 miles on a single charge. Equipped with a camera and headlights, the snackbot can see and safely navigate in complete darkness or rain, and also has all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills.
Launched in 2016, Hello Goodness was created by Pepsi to offer customers healthy product choices. The products were initially offered through a line of vending machines, and the plan is to deliver 50,000 touchpoints by the end of the year.