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SpartanNash Will Tap AI To Predict Demand, Decrease Waste

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SpartanNash is expanding its use of Upshop’s Magic AI inventory and replenishment optimization application to consolidate its ordering systems, maintain planogram integrity and help with merchandising reset planning in center store and produce. 

The system also provides store employees with a real-time view of stock to maximize assortment, while at the same time reducing waste.

“At SpartanNash, we’re prioritizing technology to enhance our associate and store guest experience,” said Tom Swanson, EVP of corporate retail.

“By leveraging advanced analytics to predict product demand, our associates can spend less time checking inventory and more time face-to-face helping serve our shoppers.”

The Magic application is designed for the grocery industry, reviewing seasonal trends, promotional activity, display allocation and real-time sales data to offer insights that enhance inventory accuracy and guest satisfaction.

Upshop CEO Shamus Hines said the company is pleased to offer SpartanNash the tools it needs to optimize “inventory to meet total store demand.”

“We’re confident this expanded solution will provide an exceptional shopping experience for store guests by ensuring shelves are always stocked with delicious, fresh options,” he said.

The news builds on Grand Rapids, Michigan-based SpartanNash’s other recent investments in technology, including plans to use autonomous inventory robots that provide real-time data intelligence.

“We’re proud to continue to demonstrate how AI technology can improve operational excellence in our stores and across our business network,” said Masiar Tayebi, EVP and chief strategy and information officer for SpartanNash. 

“Improving our inventory control and accuracy accelerates the financial benefits we can realize from our merchandising and supply chain transformations.”

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