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Robots aren’t responsible for world domination just yet, but they will soon be tasked with handling your groceries.
H-E-B has partnered with robotics and logistics company Swisslog to “send a number of automated micro-fulfillment centers to support the chain’s curbside pick-up and delivery business,” Swisslog said in a press release.
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The automated micro-fulfillment centers, or small-scale warehouses using robots to fulfill online orders, are being rolled out in response to the growing demand for customers who opt for curbside pick-up without negatively affecting the in-store customer experience.
“Swisslog is pleased H-E-B put their trust in us to automate and support their facilities with state-of-the-art automation and software,” said Mitch Hayes, vice president of e-commerce and retail, Swisslog Logistics Automation, Americas. “COVID-19 and anticipated behavioral changes have created increased urgency around the need for automation within many grocery operations. E-grocery automation is no longer an option…it’s a requirement for survival and continued growth.”
H-E-B has more than 400 stores throughout Texas and northeast Mexico, but it’s unclear how many robot centers they will use.