Related Meals Shops and Symbotic announce settlement to implement warehouse automation system


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Related Meals Shops (AFS), a supplier of groceries and different items and companies to unbiased retailers in 9 Intermountain states, and Symbotic Inc., a pacesetter in A.I.-enabled robotics know-how for the provision chain, right this moment introduced they’ve entered right into a business settlement to implement Symbotic’s A.I.-powered robotic warehouse automation know-how in AFS’ Utah distribution middle.

Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system, with robotic case decide capabilities, will permit AFS’ distribution middle to enhance quite a lot of retail-facing experiences, together with total provide, expanded choice and supply of merchandise to shops.

“We admire the partnership with Symbotic which permits us to forged an thrilling imaginative and prescient for future development and long-term relevance with the patrons and retailers we serve,” mentioned David Rice, AFS’ president and CEO. “Their experience and professionalism allowed us to make what may have been a troublesome resolution, extremely easy.”

“Whereas essential, a modernized distribution system is not only about automation and know-how, but additionally about optimizing processes and empowering individuals. It’s a strategic funding that may enhance effectivity and improve our capability to service our member retailers,” mentioned Roger White, AFS’ government vice chairman and COO.

“We’re happy to welcome AFS as a buyer and sit up for working with them to rework their distribution middle,” mentioned Rick Cohen, Symbotic’s chairman and CEO. “We’re devoted to making sure our A.I.-powered robotics platform helps clients enhance effectivity, cut back prices, allow new capabilities and enhance employee satisfaction.”

“We consider implementing the Symbotic system creates nice alternatives for our distribution middle group members to develop their ability units and broaden their future alternatives with the corporate,” mentioned Glen Keysaw, AFS’ vice chairman of distribution. “Because of the proactive efforts of our administration group, all present group members on the distribution middle may have jobs going ahead and the distribution middle will proceed supporting present and future unbiased grocers all through the Intermountain West.”