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Walmart to Acquire Alert Innovation for e-Grocery Fulfillment

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October 6, 2022

Alert Innovation, which develops e-grocery fulfillment automation systems, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Walmart. Alert Innovation has been working with Walmart to customize technology for Walmart’s market fulfillment centers (MFCs) since 2016 and began piloting the Alphabot System in Walmart’s first MFC in Salem, New Hampshire in 2019.

“I am proud that Alert Innovation is one of the most innovative and capable automation companies in operation today,” said John Lert, founder and executive chairman of Alert Innovation. “Our mission to improve people’s lives through innovation will now be dedicated to Walmart customers and associates, which is an inspiring undertaking.”.

“We will continue leveraging our development, manufacturing and deployment expertise to enable Walmart to build and scale MFC technology in its stores,” added Fritz Morgan, CEO of Alert Innovation. “With Walmart, we have the opportunity to positively impact millions of lives through the Alphabot System.”

The company’s Alphabot system is an automated fulfillment solution that uses patented omnidirectional robots in a temperature-controlled system to provide fresh, efficient, and high-quality grocery fulfillment. The company also designed the Novastore, a store concep that utilizes the Alphabot system to deliver a dynamic and efficient shopping experience.

“We are committed to exceeding customer expectations and serving them in new ways, whether it’s in a store, curbside, or at their home,” said David Guggina, senior vice president of innovation and automation at Walmart U.S. “Bringing the best of Alert’s technology and capabilities in-house will enable us to reach more customers quicker by deploying MFCs with greater speed, providing both an unmatched shopping experience and a competitive advantage in omnichannel fulfillment.”

Alert Innovation said it will continue to operate under the Alert Innovation brand based in the Boston area. For more information on the company, visit the Alert Innovation website here. You can also read more about Walmart’s involvement with the company on its company blog.


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