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CNBC reports that Albertsons has announced “a trial partnership with Takeoff Technologies” that will look “to automate one of the biggest headaches when it comes to delivery: putting together the basket of items.”

According to the story, “Albertsons will portion off selected locations, where it will store a number of items popular with online orders. Artificial intelligence-enabled technology and conveyors will then bring the goods to an Albertsons employee, who will manually compile the order.”

CNBC notes that “Takeoff is just one of many technologies that have emerged to automate the picking process for online delivery. Kroger inked a partnership with British online supermarket Ocado in May, through which the company automates the process of online delivery prep in warehouses, rather than in the store. Walmart in August launched Alphabot in partnership with Alert Innovation.

“In the meantime, newer brands like Israel-based CommonSense Robotics have emerged to offer technology to regional grocers.”
KC's View:
Good for Albertsons, where they need to understand that as important as innovation is, speed to market is just as critical.