Giant Co. has opened a 124,000-square-foot automated fulfillment center in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia and will use it as a test pilot for future facilities.
Giant’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, is exploring adding similar e-commerce distribution centers across its brands and will monitor the Philadelphia operation for areas that might need adjustment. Regardless of what changes may come to the next fulfillment center, automation and the use of robots will be part of it.
The building at 3501 Island Ave. nearly fully automates orders for Giant Direct, its online grocery service. There’s a strong push for automation by Ahold and other companies such as Amazon for a range of reasons. However, some cited by Giant included improving the time it takes to fill orders, ensuring quality control and accuracy of an order, and saving money, said Chris Lewis, president of supply chain for Delhaize USA.
*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal
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