Pacific Northwest grocery retailer chain Metropolitan Market has teamed with retail automation supplier Focal Methods on the deployment of the Focal Methods Working System (FocalOS) to digitize and automate the meals retailer by way of optimized ordering, stock administration, merchandising and in-store labor, with the objective of enhancing the general buyer expertise.
The pilot will contain the implementation of tons of of tiny, cheap cameras that digitize cabinets hourly with what Focal Methods calls “the most accurate computer vision on the market.” FocalOS will then use that information to automate many in-store processes, amongst them correct just-in-time ordering, automated hourly scans as a substitute of the handbook every day out-of-stock scan, improved product availability for purchasers by means of the upper productiveness of replenishment employees, and lowered meals waste with higher produce ordering.
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“Good Food Holdings is one of the premier retail holding companies in the nation, touting some of the leading luxury grocers across Washington and California,” famous Francois Chaubard, CEO and founding father of San Francisco-based Focal Methods, which has raised $40 million to date. “As the groundswell of AI and computer vision adoption takes hold across retail and grocery, early adopters like Metropolitan Market will see optimizations and enhancements across the in-store experience for customers, and in the backroom for staff, completely transforming the shopping experience and separating them from other retailers in the industry.”
“For nearly five decades, Metropolitan Market has been providing a leading and award-winning experience for customers across the state of Washington,” stated Ron Megahan, CEO of Bellevue, Wash.-based Metropolitan Market. “In a rapidly evolving world, it’s our duty to continue innovating in order to provide the best possible experience for shoppers at all of our locations. Through our partnership with Focal Systems and their self-driving store, we’ll be able to remain the leading independent grocer in the region.”
FocalOS not too long ago rolled out throughout 400-plus Walmart shops all through Canada, in addition to at Midwest grocery chain Piggly Wiggly.
Based in 1971, Metropolitan Market has 9 areas, with a tenth within the pipeline, throughout Washington state. Carson, Calif.-based Good Meals Holdings is the holding firm for 5 meals retailing manufacturers: Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres Pure Market, New Seasons Market, New Leaf Group Markets and Metropolitan Market. Every community-centered model has its personal management group, firm tradition, working philosophy and go-to market technique.