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Ahold Ups Stakes In US Grocery War With Mini 'Robot Supermarkets'

Grocery group Ahold Delhaize will roll out small automated warehouses to speed order-picking and cut delivery times, Reuters has learned, as it revamps its e-commerce business in response to rising competition in a fast-growing sector.

At an investor event on 13 November, the world's eighth-biggest food retailer is set to showcase a partnership that will allow it to automate order collection at mini 'robot supermarkets' attached to the stores of its US chains, like Stop & Shop.

That marks a departure from its previous strategy of relying more on manual labour at bigger warehouses, or on a mixture of man and machine, to meet online food orders.

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