Afresh continues to bolster its inventory management program to the benefit of retailers. Albertsons recently announced it will be expanding the reach of Afresh’s AI-powered platform to the meat and seafood department.
“At Albertsons, we strive to create a distinctive experience in fresh foods, and our meat and seafood departments are a key component in this strategy. Afresh has enabled our associates to make smarter decisions daily that keep customer favorites in stock and ensure that we are offering them the best-quality, freshest product,” said Susan Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Albertsons. “The Afresh platform also helps our stores to significantly reduce food waste as Albertsons continues to make progress toward our goal to have zero waste going to landfill by 2030.”
Previously, this platform helped Albertsons deliver fresher produce with higher in-stock rates while reducing food waste, a press release explained. Following a successful two-month pilot in meat and seafood departments in 2023, the Afresh platform began an immediate chainwide rollout across Albertsons banner stores, including Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Vons, and ACME.
“Managing a meat and seafood department is particularly challenging because of the financial implications of shrink. To meet these challenges, Afresh is leveraging AI at scale to support accurate ordering for complex cutting and production items,” said Dain Charette, Chief Revenue Officer at Afresh. “Additionally, we are excited about furthering our mission and continuing to support Albertsons’ ESG goal of reducing food waste.”
The release went on to explain that the Afresh platform drives better decision-making across the fresh supply chain with intelligent and connected solutions purpose-built for the complexities of fresh food. It will enable Albertsons’ meat and seafood teams to keep coolers and freezers light while boosting in-stock rates with AI-powered recommendations for high-value, hyper-perishable items and prefilled order quantities for slower-moving, prepackaged items.
It features an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and workflows that follow department-specific best practices so department managers can quickly place profit-maximizing orders.
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