United Natural Foods, Inc. Partners With Symbotic to Implement Warehouse Automation Systems; Mark Bushway and Michael J. Loparco Comment
PROVIDENCE, RI & WILMINGTON, MA - O partnership, partnership, wherefore art thou partnership? Yes, we at ANUK are that dramatic, and yes, we love a good partnership! United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has announced its latest alliance, teaming up with Symbotic to implement its A.I.-powered robotics and software automation in five distribution centers over the next four years. UNFI will also have the option to implement Symbotic’s warehouse automation systems in additional distribution centers in the future.
“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.”
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