Automation

Technology

Robot Collision Triggers Fire at U.K. Ocado Facility

Ocado, which lost an entire facility to a fire two years ago, said a robot collision at its Erith facility in England caused minor damage to its grid; service is expected to resume this week.

Retailers

Walmart Partners With Symbotic to Advance Warehouse Automation

New automation system "gets products onto shelves for our customers even faster while saving time for our associates," Walmart U.S. supply-chain executive Joe Metzger writes.

In a deal it says would accelerate its partnering companies’ moves into warehouse and fulfillment automation, tech firm Zebra agrees to buy Fetch Robotics for $290 million.

E-grocery.com offers a comprehensive vocabulary list of terms, phrases and acronyms that cover numerous topics in global grocery, retail and supply chain automation.

After a successful trial, ADUSA Supply Chain is scaling up its use of fatigue-reducing wearables for "superhero" warehouse selectors. Capes not included.

Smarter algorithms are producing more-successful substitutions, Walmart says, and that leads to more-satisfied customers.

In the past week, Save Mart, Walmart and Kroger have piloted or launched automated technologies that aim to speed or simplify everyday operations.

Officials in a press event said the long-awaited opening of robotic fulfillment centers will usher in a new era of quality and reliability in grocery e-commerce—and deliver the retailer to new places, too.

The tech companies aim to provide a scalable microfulfillment solution for retailers.

Smaller facilities, including a newly-opened "mini-CFC," and Zoom will support a high-tech grocery e-commerce ecosystem en route to the U.S. with Kroger, Ocado officials said this week.

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