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Australian Retailers Embrace Automation As Online Sales Rise Under Lockdown

Published on Aug 30 2021 8:19 AM in Features tagged: Trending Posts / Warehouse / Australia / Woolworths / coles / Automation / Paywall

Australian Retailers Embrace Automation As Online Sales Rise Under Lockdown

As lockdowns continue across Australia, many households are doing something they may not have considered just 18 months ago: ordering groceries online.

Australia’s supermarket duopoly, Coles and Woolworths, have raced to implement new technology and transform labour arrangements to keep up with the e-grocery boom.

Both are investing in 'smart' warehousing and distribution systems with various degrees of automation, as well as making extensive use of app-driven gig workers for grocery picking and delivery via platforms such as Uber and Airtasker.

Research suggests a reimagining of the Australian supermarket is currently underway. And where Coles and Woolworths go, others will follow: the pair are Australia’s largest private-sector employers, and their current moves seem likely to speed up the trend towards on-demand and precarious labour.

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