April 2, 2021

AutoStoreMFC concept400x275Norwegian robotics technology company AutoStore has announced a partnership with Asian-American specialty grocery chain H Mart, in collaboration with Bastian Solutions, to introduce a fully automated micro-fulfillment center (MFC) to support H Mart’s online grocery operations in Carlstadt, N.J.

AutoStore’s robotics and warehouse management system technologies will combine to provide the retailer with a complete MFC, increasing fulfillment efficiency for a broad range of grocery packaged goods along with fresh and frozen items, the company said.

Hmart.com has proven to be an important offering to our customers, [enabling] our customers to experience the food that lets them feel at home, just as when they shop in-store,” said Vince Colatriano, executive vice president of H Mart. “We’ve partnered with the best automated technology in the field to fulfill our orders quickly and efficiently. We’re excited to work with Bastian Solutions and AutoStore to deliver the highest quality Asian products to our customers.”

The AutoStore MFC solution is flexible, scalable, and can even be installed at the back of a store, the company said. This enables retailers to reduce the average distance between an MFC and their customer, allowing for in-store pickup and rapid home delivery. AutoStore said an MFC is the most efficient automation solution for e-grocery items, where storage density, operator productivity, and lead time are critical.

“H Mart’s investment in e-grocery automation will not only help the bottom line of their online business but will also benefit their customer base as a whole,” said Mike Demko, the head of AutoStore’s MFC business line. “We’re excited to work with Bastian Solutions in providing H Mart a solution that gives them greater operational efficiency and order accuracy, so customers receive exactly what they ordered.”

More detials on AutoStore are available at its website.

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