There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned partnership to get us here at Deli Market News excited, and United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is giving us something to be enthusiastic about. Recently, the distributor announced that it had teamed up with Symbotic to implement A.I.-powered robotics and software automation in five distribution centers over the coming four years. Additionally, the company will introduce Symbotic’s warehouse automation systems in distribution centers to come.
“We’re pleased to introduce Symbotic systems into our distribution network, which we believe will benefit our customers, suppliers, and associates,” said Mark Bushway, UNFI’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. “We currently have automation in a number of our distribution centers, but we believe the Symbotic System will improve the accuracy, efficiency, quality, and speed of our supply chain and help take our operations to a new level.”
According to a press release, Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system is designed to enhance capabilities and efficiency, improve order accuracy for customers, increase storage capacity within facilities, and facilitate planned future growth.
The Symbotic System™ will be able to fulfill customer-specific orders, which is expected to create operating efficiencies at the customer store level while creating a safer environment for associates, the release noted.
“We are excited to welcome UNFI as a customer and look forward to working with them to transform their distribution centers,” said Michael J. Loparco, Chief Executive Officer of Symbotic. “Additionally, we believe this agreement further validates the broad applicability of the Symbotic A.I.-powered robotics and software platform.”
What does the future hold for this partnership? Stick with Deli Market News for answers.