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Walmart Gets Smarter About Substitutions

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

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3 Retailers on Autopilot

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.

As Kroger makes strides in improving profitability of digital, robots go to work.

Mark Ibbotson, the influential former Walmart EVP, is helping Instacart assess new technologies, sources tell WGB.

Instacart reportedly has been in touch with multiple warehouse tech companies to explore efficient warehouses to bolster store picking, but it comes in peace, a spokesperson says.

Ahold Delhaize USA’s central services division piloted the robots from Ava Robotics in two of its distribution centers to support enhanced cleaning procedures amid the pandemic.

Gargasz, whose title is VP of platform and business development, will help the retail robotics company expand its grocery automation fulfillment business beyond its anchor Walmart customer.

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