QuickCollect400x275Bell and Howell, which provides automated e-commerce pickup solutions, has unveiled the QuickCollect GO! POD, a new robotic e-commerce order pickup solution that eliminates labor-intensive order touchpoints through next-generation automation and intelligent software.


Piestro 800Degrees400x275Piestro, a robotic pizzeria developing high-quality artisan pizza, has announced partnering with 800 Degrees Pizza, an international pizza brand by world-renowned chef Anthony Carron. The partnership will offer customers a fully automated culinary experience, equipped with an authentic, custom pizza recipe designed for Piestro’s cooking technology.


YandexOhio400x275Grubhub and the Yandex Self-Driving Group have announced it will roll out delivery via Yandex’s robots on the campus of Ohio State University (OSU). The rollout will include 50 Yandex robots to serve more than 60,000 students in food delivery from on-campus dining locations via the Grubhub app.


PicnicPizza400x275Picnic, which designs food automation technology, has announced that it is accepting pre-orders from U.S. customers for its Picnic Pizza System, a modular and configurable pizza assembly system. The company also announced successful pilots and deployments with customers in the hospitality, entertainment, theme park, and restaurant industries, as well as a cost-effective robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) pricing structure.


FedEx BG PackageSort400x275The FedEx Ground subsidiary of FedEx Corp. has announced the implementation of Berkshire Grey’s Robotic Product Sortation and Identification (RPSi) systems at a Queens, N.Y., location. The RPSi systems will robotically sort thousands of small packages that arrive daily in bulk into containers bound for other specific hubs and stations across the FedEx Ground network. FedEx Ground plans to install additional Berkshire Grey RPSi systems at sortation facilities in Las Vegas, and Columbus, Ohio, in coming months.


BellTinyMile400x275Bell Canada has announced a collaboration with Tiny Mile to provide 5G connectivity for the growing fleet of food delivery robots in downtown Toronto.


TortoiseUrbanValue400x275Vroom Delivery has announced partnering with last-mile delivery robot operator Tortoise to bring on-demand delivery of thousands of products to customers’ doors in coming months. Products include grocery staples such as milk and eggs, beverages, ice cream, snacks and more, with a promised delivery time of under one hour. Alcohol and tobacco items will be delivered via human drivers, the companies said.


RanpakAutoFill400x275Ranpak Holdings Corp., which develops environmentally sustainable paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, has announced the North American launch of its AutoFill solution.


Fabric Instacart400x275Instacart, a leading online grocery platform in North America, has announced the first phase of its next-generation fulfillment initiative, designed to bring automated technology solutions to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of this initiative, the company has signed a multi-year strategic deal with Fabric as a fulfillment automation partner to pair Fabric software and robotics with Instacart technology.


Symbotic Walmart400x275Walmart and Symbotic have announced plans to expand implementation of Symbotic’s robotics and automation platform to outfit an additional 25 regional distribution centers (RDCs). The system helps Walmart create custom store- and aisle-ready pallets for unloading trucks at a Walmart store.


BerkshireGrey400x275Berkshire Grey, which develops artificial intelligence-enabled robotic solutions to help automate supply chains, has announced securing more than $23 million in a multiphase order with a global retailer for online same-day grocery fulfillment. The company’s Intelligent Enterprise Robotics (IER) solutions will robotically pick grocery items from inventory and pack them into customer bags to fill orders that are placed online and via mobile apps. The company declined to name the name of the retailer in the agreement.


RobotLabPepperSMB 400x275RobotLAB, a robotics integrator that recently became the exclusive distributor of SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper and NAO robots in North America, has announced the availability of a cost-effective AI-powered package designed for small and medium businesses.


KNAPP Kroger400x275The Kroger Co. has announced an agreement with KNAPP, which develops intelligent automation and specialized software, to deploy, expand, and enhance the capabilities and capacities at Kroger’s existing Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio. The facility is currently being renovated to add modern technology, with completion expected this summer.


MisoLancer400x275Miso Robotics, which is developing intelligent automation for the foodservice industry, has announced a partnership with beverage dispenser manufacturer Lancer Worldwide to build an intelligence-packed, automated beverage dispenser that brings enhanced functionality to future-focused commercial kitchens.


PepperNAO400x275Robotics integrator RobotLAB and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) have announced that the humanoid robots Pepper and NAO are now exclusively available through RobotLAB in North America. The partnership also expands Pepper’s previous industry and STREAM education focus areas to a broader range of applications, and marks RobotLAB’s debut as a partner of SoftBank’s Whiz cleaning robot.


WalmartDroneUp400x275Walmart has announced it is making an investment in DroneUp, a nationwide drone services provider, following successful trials of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. The company said the investment will continue the company’s work toward developing scalable last-mile delivery solutions. Financial terms of the investment were not released.


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