Nedre Vats, Norway — June 23, 2021 — Leading robot technology company, AutoStore, announces it has been named a Robotics Business Review 2021 innovation award winner in the retail/wholesale category for its grocery store micro-fulfillment center (MFC) technology.
The RBR50 awards honor technology, business, and market innovations, as well as the robotics and automation organizations worldwide that were responsible for them.
Produced by Robotics Business Review for the past decade, the annual list celebrates forward-thinking organizations and their original, impactful creations. Recognized throughout the world, the RBR50 awards are also a critical measure of robotics sector growth.
“For the robotics sector, the role, importance, and impact of innovation has never been greater,” said Dan Kara, vice president of robotics at WTWH Media. “With this year’s RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards, Robotics Business Review highlights those critical innovations, and the organizations responsible for them, that will spur the development of new robotics solutions and drive robotics adoption forward.”
For over 20 years, AutoStore™ has provided the industry’s highest-density cube-based automated storage and retrieval system and has disrupted order fulfillment since day one. A recent innovation of AutoStore, improving operations within the food and beverage industry, is the company’s MFC at the grocery store level. AutoStore MFCs combine award-winning design with high-volume throughput becoming ultra-optimized to meet the various needs of retailers across multiple industries, particularly today’s e-grocery demand.
As the pandemic prevails, the food and beverage supply chain has been hit exceptionally hard due to increased consumer demand. AutoStore MFCs allow companies to seamlessly scale-up storage capacity fourfold without relocating and increase performance 10x without hiring additional personnel. The system runs 24/7 and provides customers with a near 100% system availability. The technology also preserves space for in-store shoppers. Grocers are able to remove order fulfillment from the store floor to clear up aisles and enhance the in-store shopping experience.
“We are proud to be recognized as one of Robotics Business Review’s top 50 innovators. The stress and strain that the pandemic has put upon the supply chain is immense. In order to meet today’s customers’ growing demands and expectations of same-day delivery and immediate local-store pick-up, grocers need to begin implementing innovations like AutoStore MFCs to keep up,” says Karl Johan Lier, President and CEO of AutoStore. “Thanks to the AutoStore solution, grocers are able to tackle storage density, operator productivity, and lead time while maintaining and improving the in-store shopping experience.”