Warehouse & Logistics

Walmart

Walmart Takes Majority Stake in Symbotic

The retailer last month expanded its partnership with warehouse automation specialist Symbotic, which will see its tech implemented in all 42 of Walmart's regional distribution centers.

Wholesalers & Distributors

Kehe Readies New Distribution Center Near Phoenix

The distributor said the new 500,000-square-foot warehouse would serve Sprouts, Albertsons and other customers in the Phoenix and Las Vegas areas.

While COVID and related supply-chain and labor woes are directly affecting the wholesaler, UNFI's positioning also highlights its role as a solution, lifting optimism for fiscal 2022.

The National Grocers Association said the hours-of-service modifications, passed last year, are helping retailers weather ongoing supply-chain woes.

Advances in technology, labor pressures and the shift to digital have brought warehouse automation to the forefront, says Berkshire Grey’s Steve Johnson.

Chairman Rick Cohen said the acquisition will further strengthen the wholesaler's ties with Albertsons in frozen product, "as well as support a new relationship with Albertsons’ mid-Atlantic division."

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.

Conversions of five more facilities by the end of 2022 will expand self-managed procurement, distribution and transportation to 85% of the company, creating the East Coast's largest grocery network, officials say.

The retailer celebrates what officials called the first U.S. zero-emission commercial grocery delivery.

The 21-year veteran will oversee the retailer's distribution center in Milton, Pa.

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