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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

By The Wall Street Journal

October 31, 2018

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Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence (AI) to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

The Albertsons supermarket chain hired Takeoff Technologies to build a network of smaller warehouses where robots and AI help fill online orders, with Takeoff’s first grocery online order sorting system running at a Sedano's Supermarket in Miami, FL, where machines in the back of the store retrieve items from towers of products, then workers package the goods faster and more efficiently than a purely manual sorting process.

Meanwhile, Commonsense Robotics says it is negotiating to set up similar warehouses with AI-driven robots for several U.S. supermarket chains next year; each warehouse would be capable of processing about 1,000 daily grocery orders for delivery.

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