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Ahold Delhaize USA jumps into the robotic picking game

Supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize has found a way to get online orders to its North American customers more efficiently.

Ahold Delhaize USA will roll out small, automated “robot supermarkets” to speed order picking and cut delivery times, according to Reuters.

Ahold Delhaize USA, which operates Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin’s and Peapod, as well as Retail Business Services (RBS), will automate order collection through mini automated warehouses attached to the stores of its U.S. chains, the report explained.

The new strategy marks a departure from traditionally relying on manual labor at bigger warehouses, as well as a mixture of man and machine, to meet online food orders, Reuters said.

The company is working with start-up Takeoff Technologies, which is also working with Albertsons Cos. on a similar project.

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