Four Tech Trends for 2021

From light vehicles to biometrics, technology promises to create a faster, cheaper, more convenient experience.


ShopRite Adds Another Microfulfillment Center

The new robotic picking center, located alongside a ShopRite store in Flemington, N.J., will serve five ShopRite of Hunterdon County stores, officials say.

Cruise's fleet of all-electric self-piloted vehicles, which Walmart was test for delivery is Scottsdale, Ariz. early next year, can support sustainability goals and delivery ambitions, the retailer said.

Basket Economics: The surprise decommissioning of inventory robots at Walmart isn’t a blow to automation—just a different route to efficiency.

With a focus on speed, efficiency and closeness to the customer, Fabric officials unveil a compact and versatile warehouse its officials say can solve the economic and operational dilemmas of same-day grocery delivery.

The first U.S. microfulfillment center for the Israel-based technology company Fabric uses a space-efficient and automated system to pick and pack e-commerce deliveries to go.

Kindred Systems, whose picking and sorting robots are deployed in general merchandise retailers, and Haddington Dynamics, which makes a novel robotic arm to pick delicate items, will “massively” accelerate technology and efficiency aiding online grocery for clients such as Kroger, the company says.

The retailer has launched four test centers with the goal of finding solutions to help its stores operate as both physical shopping destinations and online fulfillment centers.

Walk-up automated units can increase convenience for shoppers and and augment existing curbside shopping, Albertsons Cos. said.

A fleet of autonomous Tennant floor scrubbers, powered by an improved operating system from Brain Corp., will hit the aisles at more than half of the retailer's stores.

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