Industry terms definedDemystifying e-Grocery technology
The next paradigm in food retailing is here. These are the terms you need to know in order to understand this breakthrough technology.
Your e-Grocery Labor Force
Self-Service Order Pickup
Micro Fulfillment Center
Defining industry terms to educate and inform the growing industry of automated grocery fufillment.
These key terms are essential to understanding e-Grocery technology
The traditional definition for an AMR is a robot that travels in X and Y horizontally but not vertically and travels freely along the warehouse floor with safeguards for potentially interacting with human traffic. Generally fitted with attachments to facilitate single, multi- or batch order picking for both goods-to-person and person-to-goods picking.
Cube or Hive systems are densely packed automated tote storage systems. They have the theoretical highest density of product per square foot of building but not necessarily highest pick rate or order throughput. Not well suited for efficiently handling orders that combine high velocity and slow moving items.
The time between when an order is submitted and when it is ready for pick up or delivery. This is especially relevant as customer expectations move from placing an order the day before picking it up to same day (1-2 hr) pick up or delivery. This is a forecasting and inventory management challenge. Make sure the solution fits the real-world!
A Walmart term, others may use MFC (micro-fulfillment center) as an analogous term. It includes an automated replenishment system to provide automated picking of orders, storage and dispense at the store level. But it can also acts as a hub for picking orders for other stores in the area and for Remote Automated Dispense sites.
A geographically local distribution center (DC) that is part of the Novastore architecture. The MDC sits between the DC and store. The MDC serves many stores in a region and provides less than case level replenishment in tote/subtotes to stores in that area. The key advantage of the MDC is more efficient replenishment of stores than traditional case-level replenishment.
This is an Alert Innovation term for a store architecture and associated supply chain logistics. The strict definition for Novastore is as follows: a supermarket with an automated packaged-goods market (a.k.a. “center store”) and an optional self-service fresh-goods market (a.k.a. “perimeter departments”). It automates the center store and allows the grocer to focus on customer experience with produce, meat, dairy, bakery, cafe, etc. A key component of the Novastore architecture is each level replenishment in sub-totes from a Market Distribution Center (MDC) to the store.