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United Natural Foods brings in robots from Symbotic to automate warehouse

United Natural Foods has entered into a commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s AI-powered robotics and software automation in five of UNFI’s distribution centers over the next four years.

Under the agreement, UNFI also has an option to implement Symbotic’s warehouse automation systems in additional distribution centers.

Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system, with robotic case pick capabilities, is designed to enable UNFI to transform its distribution centers to enhance capabilities and efficiency, improve order accuracy for its customers, increase storage capacity within its 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.

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

“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.”

Michael Loparco, CEO of Symbotic, says: “We are excited to welcome UNFI as a customer and look forward to working with them to transform their distribution centers.

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

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