Smart carts headed to NYC Morton Williams supermarkets

The grocer, which operates 17 stores in the New York metro area, has purchased 100 of the carts from manufacturer A2Z Smart Technologies Corp.


Instacart’s AI chatbot is ready to tell you what wine pairs with that

After teasing it in March, the same-day grocery delivery platform is rolling out an AI-powered search tool as it expands its artificial intelligence capabilities.

The tech company also is helping to optimize the grocer’s recipe management and scale management.

The grocer's relationship with Instacart began in 2017 with three Tops stores in upstate New York and another in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Seattle-based retail giant said Subscribe & Save customers have saved $1 billion this year. Plus, shoppers can now pay for alcohol with their Amazon's palm reader without having to show their ID.

The deal follows a three-year pilot aimed at “improving in-store consumer experiences with dynamic, interactive media and digital merchandising,” the tech company said.

The grocer, which operates about 200 stores under the banners Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx in California and Western Nevada, said the partnership includes the launch of new “fully integrated” websites for the three chains.

Billed as the “world’s most technologically advanced indoor vertical farm,” the Plenty Compton Farm is designed to grow up to 4.5 million pounds of leafy greens per year in one city block.

The high-tech facility in Bentonville, Arkansas, is key to the retailer’s strategy of relying on its stores to complete digital orders. It’s powered by Alphabot, a proprietary storage and retrieval system.

The partnership enhances operational efficiency, customer satisfaction and eco-friendly initiatives.

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