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Associated Food Stores, Symbotic Implement Automation System

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Associated Food Stores has entered into a commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s A.I.-powered robotic warehouse automation technology in its Utah distribution center.

Symbotic’s end-to-end automation system, with robotic case pick capabilities, will allow AFS’ distribution center to improve a variety of retail-facing experiences, including overall supply, expanded selection and delivery of products to stores.

“We appreciate the partnership with Symbotic, which enables us to cast an exciting vision for future growth and long-term relevance with the shoppers and retailers we serve,” said David Rice, AFS president and CEO. “Their expertise and professionalism allowed us to make what could have been a difficult decision, incredibly straightforward.”

Glen Keysaw, AFS VP of distribution, said, “We believe implementing the Symbotic system creates great opportunities for our distribution center team members to grow their skill sets and expand their future opportunities with the company. Due to the proactive efforts of our management team, all current team members at the distribution center will have jobs going forward and the distribution center will continue supporting current and future independent grocers throughout the Intermountain West.”

Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on independent retailers, AFS has changed the way these retailers operate and allowed them to prosper. AFS serves about 450 retailers across the Intermountain West.

“We are pleased to welcome AFS as a customer and look forward to working with them to transform their distribution center,” said Rick Cohen, Symbotic’s chairman and CEO. “We are dedicated to ensuring our A.I.-powered robotics platform helps customers increase efficiency, reduce costs, enable new capabilities and improve worker satisfaction.”

For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit afstores.com.

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