AI-powered robots running Save Mart’s new automated micro-fulfillment system use a combination of machine learning algorithms, computer vision and data fusion sensors to track inventory, transport products and fulfill orders pack, so the statement the announcement.
Fulfill robots are designed to help grocery stores reduce the cost of their e-commerce operations and provide benefits such as reducing carbon emissions and avoiding food waste, Mir Aamir, the company’s CEO and president, said at a news conference for the release.
The robots are designed to prevent damage to products, reduce picking times and balance loads as they move through the logistics center. In addition, Fulfil’s technology tracks the location of each item within the facility and tracks the provenance and expiration date of products, the company said. The system can process orders “in minutes” and bag groceries for delivery to a rest area for drivers to collect.Save Mart’s revelation that it is collaborating with Fulfill on automated e-commerce processing follows a decision last June to end its partnership with Starship Technologies to use the company’s robots for online order delivery to use customers.
Fulfill stated that it intends to make a significant impact on the micro-fulfilment industry, saying in the announcement that its technology “can be scaled to meet the needs of any size grocery store anywhere in the world.” However, as the company seeks to revolutionize the food automation industry, it will face competition from a number of companies, including Fabric, Takeoff Technologies, AutoStore and Ocado, which have been working with grocery stores on automation solutions for years. After announcing it would build an automated order fulfillment center for Save Mart, Fulfill announced that it recently completed a $60 million Series B fundraiser. Venture capital firm Eclipse, which focuses on companies “redefining the physical industry,” led the round along with investment firms Khosla Ventures and DCVC.