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Schnuck Markets rolls out AI-based salad bar

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The “smart” salad bar at Schnucks.

Schnuck Markets is offering a “smart salad bar” experience at select stores.

The regional Midwest grocer is deploying the Picadeli artificial intelligence (AI)-based salad bar to 22 Schnucks stores in Missouri and Illinois, as well as its Eatwell Market banner locations.

Through its proprietary software and hardware, the Picadeli solution enables full traceability of its supply chain. In addition, by scanning a QR code, Schnucks can ensure products do not stay out longer than allowed by receiving signals for the need to refilling and reorder.

The AI-based salad bar is customized for each Schnucks location, using machine learning to determine what ingredients are most sought after at individual stores. The solution also offers food safety features, such as a design comprised of hygienic materials, technology-enabled shielding hoods, and an automatic hand sanitizer and bowl dispensers. Its mounting system for utensils is designed to ensure that the handle is never in contact with food, and that products are not mixed.

 “We know customers are looking for convenient, healthy food options, and they’re going to love the fresh new experience of Picadeli,” said Ted Schnuck, executive VP, supermarkets, at Schnuck Markets, Inc.  “With Picadeli’s AI technology, customers will have the freshest food available to them on the salad bar via its digital management and re-ordering system.  We are thrilled to offer our customers a customizable, fresh and healthy food option that complements our existing prepared foods offerings.”

“Schnucks is a digital leader in the grocery space and their deep understanding of the intersection of technology, operational excellence, and high-quality food makes them an ideal partner for Picadeli,” said Patrik Hellstrand, CEO of Picadeli U.S.  “Retailers today are faced with the unique challenge of both a tight labor market and the demand by consumers for a memorable in-store experience that drives traffic away from delivery apps and into the store.  We are thrilled to introduce Picadeli at Schnucks, a well-respected family-owned business for generations, and to accelerate our growth across the country.”

Schnuck Markets deploys AI robots chainwide

Schnucks’ new smart salad bar is not its first foray into store-based AI technology. The grocer also utilizes Simbe Robotics’ autonomous, AI-based shelf-scanning “Tally” robots at all of its stores. The roving device traverses store aisles up to three times per day and autonomously captures on-shelf data including inventory position, price accuracy, and promotional execution.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck operates 111 stores, serving customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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