Grocery Chains Lead Automation Charge in Micro-Fulfillment

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By Adhish Luitel | 2Q 2021 | IN-6162

 

H-E-B Swisslog Partnership

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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

IMPACT


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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