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   Ahold Ups Stakes In US Grocery War With Mini-'Robot Supermarkets'
by Emma Thomasson, Melissa Fares, Reuters
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 4:11PM EST

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands/NEW YORK - Grocery group Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, Reuters has learned, as it revamps its ecommerce business in response to rising competition in a fast-growing sector.

At an investor event on Nov. 13, the world’s eighth biggest food retailer is set to showcase a partnership that will allow it to automate order collection at mini “robot supermarkets” attached to the stores of its U.S. chains like Stop & Shop.

That marks a departure from its previous strategy of relying more on manual labor at bigger warehouses, or on a mixture of man and machine, to meet online food orders.

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