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Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system has robotic case pick capabilities.

Associated Food Stores will bring AI robots into distribution center

The new vendor partnership will create end-to-end automation system

Associated Food Stores (AFS), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and which currently serves 450 retailers across the Intermountain West, and Symbotic Inc. which works with A.I.-enabled robotics technology for the supply chain, have announced a commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s A.I.-powered robotic warehouse automation technology in AFS’ Utah distribution center.

Symbotic’s automation system, with robotic case pick capabilities, will allow AFS’ distribution center to improve a variety of retail-facing experiences, including overall supply, expanded selection, and delivery of products to stores.

“We believe implementing the Symbotic system creates great opportunities for our distribution center team members to grow their skill sets and expand their future opportunities with the company,” said Glen Keysaw, AFS’ vice president of distribution. “Due to the proactive efforts of our management team, all current team members at the distribution center will have jobs going forward and the distribution center will continue supporting current and future independent grocers throughout the Intermountain West.”

“While very important, a modernized distribution system is not just about automation and technology, but also about optimizing processes and empowering people. It’s a strategic investment that can increase efficiency and enhance our ability to service our member retailers,” said Roger White, AFS’ executive vice president and COO.

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