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UNFI, Symbotic Partner for Robot Deployment in Distribution Centers

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September 26, 2022

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and Symbotic have announced a commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s artificial intelligence-enabled robotics and software automation in five of UNFI’s distribution centers over the next four years. The agreement also gives UNFI the option to implement Symbotic’s warehouse automation systems in additional distribution centers.

Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system, which includes robotic case pick capabilities, is designed to enable UNFI to transform its distribution centers to improve efficiency, order accuracy, and increase storage capacity within its facilities. The Symbotic System can fulfill customer-specific orders, which is expected to create operating efficiencies at the customer store level while creating a safer environment for associates, UNFI said. UNFI is a premier grocery wholesaler, delivering a wide variety of fresh, branded and owned brand products to more than 30,000 locations throughout North America. Customers include natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce providers, and food service companies.

“We’re pleased to introduce Symbotic systems into our distribution network, which we believe will benefit our customers, suppliers and associates,” said Mark Bushway, chief supply chain officer at UNFI. “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.”

“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, CEO of Symbotic. “Additionally, we believe this agreement further validates the broad applicability of the Symbotic A.I.-powered robotics and software platform.”

For more details on the Symbotic platform, visit its website here.


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