Grocery Chains Lead Automation Charge in Micro-Fulfillment

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By Adhish Luitel | 2Q 2021 | IN-6162


H-E-B Swisslog Partnership


Recently, Texas-based supermarket giant H-E-B announced its partnership with warehouse automation specialists, Swisslog to deploy several automated micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs) towards supporting the supermarket chain’s curbside pick-up and delivery operations. This partnership, along with enhancing H-E-B’s order processing capability, enables shorter delivery time by being closer to customers, reducing human contact, and allowing associates to fulfill orders without getting in the way of shoppers in stores. H-E-B’s planed MFCs will feature Swisslog’s SynQ software, which, as per Swisslog, would allow a “goods-to-person” solution that can be used in dark stores, MFCs, or even fully automated grocery stores in the future.

Major Players Forging Ahead


The rise of automated MFCs over the past 3-4 years has stirred from being promising experimentation to being a full-fledged portion of omnichannel strategy for major grocery players across America, who hope to compete with Amazon’s desirable t…

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