Colruyt Group is going to equip its new Newpharma distribution centre in Liège with high-tech robotics applications. In doing so, the group unites the specialisations of two other subsidiaries.
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As from next year, Alibaba will start delivering online orders with autonomous robots. At its annual technology conference, the Chinese Amazon rival unveiled its new fleet of self-driving robots, capable of finding their way all by themselves.
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Robots fill the shelves at various neighbourhood supermarkets in Japan. After an initial trial, franchise chain FamilyMart is so enthusiastic that it wants to employ at least twenty by 2022.
Belgian-Dutch retail group Ahold Delhaize will have to focus more on robotics and artificial intelligence, in order to stay ahead of Amazon, CEO Frans Muller says. He therefore wants to cooperate closely with technology companies.
Ahold Delhaize and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands agreed on a four year partnership to conduct a robotics and artificial intelligence research program. This also includes a test site, which is to be launched at the start of 2019.
Amazon is secretly working on robots for consumers. According to press agency Bloomberg, the tech giant wants to trial the robots at their employees’ homes and wants to present its domestic robots in 2019.
Walmart has filed a patent to get drones to fly in stores. The American retail giant wants drones to help customers in its stores: shoppers can ask them for directions or to get something checked in the shelves.
In September, Metro Group will launch a pilot program in Düsseldorf, Germany, to see whether robots can deliver online Media Markt deliveries. The move sets it apart from competitors who are experimenting with drone deliveries.