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Sedano’s Introduces the World’s First Robotic Supermarket

The world’s first robotic supermarket will soon be operational in partnership with Sedano’s Supermarkets, Florida’s largest Hispanic supermarket chain. It will be the first automated hyperlocal fulfillment center, designed by Takeoff Technologies.

This groundbreaking technology is expected to launch in the upcoming month, bringing innovative automation and transforming eGrocery economics.

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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.

AI-enabled robots assemble full supermarket orders of up to 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 eGroceries for years. Now it’s time to jump in with both feet,” said Jose Vicente Aguerrevere, co-founder and CEO of Takeoff. “Our automated, hyperlocal micro-fulfillment center enables grocers to thrive in eGrocery.”

Takeoff is an eGrocery solution that empowers retailers to attain profitable online growth by leveraging automation at a hyperlocal scale. Orders are placed online through established retailers (using their existing eCommerce platform or Takeoff’s customized UI solution), and Takeoff’s automated technology fulfills the order using robots in Micro Fulfilment Centers.

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

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Takeoff’s first hyperlocal micro-fulfillment center will serve 14 Sedano’s Supermarkets locations throughout Miami and offer consumers pickup services.

Founded in Hialeah, Florida in 1962 by the Herrán and Guerra families, Sedano’s Supermarkets has grown to become the top Hispanic grocery in the United States.

Sedano’s Supermarkets caters to Florida’s booming Hispanic community with more than 3,000 employees and 34 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Osceola counties.

“We are excited to partner with Takeoff at the forefront of this groundbreaking robotics solution,” said Javier Herran, Chief Marketing Officer for Sedano’s. “This model gives us the ability to leap into the eGrocery 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.”

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 is currently working with five regional and national retail chains in the US and have several sites in development to deploy in 2019.

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