Robotic Supermarket to Open Next Month

Billed as the world’s first robotic grocery store, the e-grocery fulfillment center will launch in November.

October 05, 2018

BOSTON – Takeoff Technologies announced the November launch of the first automated hyperlocal fulfillment center, referred to as the world’s first robotic supermarket in partnership with one of the largest Hispanic grocers in the U.S., Sedano’s Supermarkets.

Customer orders will be placed via an online app and carried out by Takeoff’s automated Micro-Fulfillment Center, with the support of Sedano’s employees. Artificial-intelligence-enabled robots assemble full supermarket orders of as many as 60 items in just a few minutes—a fraction of the speed and cost of current manual picking options.

“Grocers have been dipping their toes in e-groceries for years,” said Jose Vicente Aguerrevere, co-founder and CEO of Takeoff. “Now it’s time to jump in with both feet. Our automated, hyperlocal micro-fulfillment center enables grocers to thrive in e-grocery.”

Takeoff's first hyperlocal microfulfillment center will serve 14 Sedano’s Supermarkets locations throughout Miami and offer consumers pickup services. “This model gives us the ability to leap into the e-grocery industry, develop a new level of employment opportunities and continue meeting the needs of our valued consumers by offering an affordable and convenient online service,” said Javier Herran, chief marketing officer for Sedano’s.

Takeoff's objective is to develop hyperlocal fulfillment centers that have one-eighth the footprint of a typical supermarket thanks to innovative robotics and compact vertical spaces. Takeoff currently is working with five regional and national retail chains across the country and has several sites in development to deploy in 2019.