Miami-based Hispanic retailer Sodano’s has announced the launch of a so-called “robotic supermarket”, after partnering with e-grocery solution Takeoff Technologies.
The launch of the “the world’s first robotic supermarket” will occur next month, and will reportedly use cutting-edge technology to allow customers to place orders on an online app and then have the order fulfilled by Takeoff’s automated micro-fulfillment centre, assisted by Sedano’s associates.
According to sources, the artificial intelligence robots will be able to pick an order of 60 items in just a few minutes, a fraction of the speed and cost of manual picking.
Jose Vicente Aguerrevere, co-founder and CEO of Takeoff, said: “Grocers have been dipping their toes in e-groceries for years. Now it’s time to jump in with both feet. Our automated, hyperlocal micro-fulfillment center enables grocers to thrive in e-grocery”.
Javier Herran, chief marketing officer for Sedano’s commented: “This model gives us the ability to leap into the e-grocery industry, develop a new level of employment opportunities, and continue meeting the needs of our valued consumers by offering affordable and convenient online service”.
The new technology will be implemented across 14 Sedano’s stores in Miami.
Source: Progressive Grocer