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E-grocery defined

Below you will find the definitions of frequently used e-Grocery technology terms.

Key Terms

A mobile robot that can travel in one horizontal dimension.
A mobile robot that can travel in both horizontal dimensions, but not vertically.
A mobile robot that can travel in 3 dimensions, the two horizontal dimensions and vertically. Alphabot is an an example of a 3D robot.
This is another term for a drive up window where an order is automatically presented to a customer or delivery service driver.
An automated system that contains product inventory so that customer orders can be picked into order totes. It also stores completed orders and, at the appropriate time, dispenses those orders for either cusomer pickup at store or delivery to home.
An automated system that typically stores completed orders and then, at the appropriate time, dispenses those orders for either customer pickup or delivery.
A generic term for a system that automatically stores items in a repository and can also retrieve them. The Alphabot system is an ASRS, but with additional functionality as well.

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A mobile robot that can travel in one horizontal dimension.
A mobile robot that can travel in both horizontal dimensions, but not vertically.
A mobile robot that can travel in 3 dimensions, the two horizontal dimensions and vertically. Alphabot is an an example of a 3D robot.
A self-contained automated piece picking machine designed to process a high volume of items (Min, Size: 2” x .6” x .6” – Max. Product Size: 12.4” x 10.5” x 3.8”) & dispense them into totes or cartons at a low operating cost.
Product categories on-shelf or product departments located next to or in close proximity to each other within a retail store. Important to properly slotting inventory in a warehouse or on retail shelves. Items frequently bought at the same time should be adjacent to one another in both venues.
ASN is an Advance Ship Notice (sometimes called an Outbound Ship Notice, Manifest, DESADV or EDI 856). The ASN answers to the following questions for buying organizations: • What order(s) shipped? • What items are being shipped and how many? • When will the order(s) arrive? • Does the shipment contain the complete order? • Is the shipment packaged with barcodes for easy receiving? • What is the FedEx, UPS or USPS tracking number? (drop-ship orders)
A payment made by the product manufacturer to the retailer in exchange for delivering advertising opportunities to a specific product or brand.
The total annual dollar sales in a given geography expressed as a percentage (or share) of the total market. Can be applied to a store, category or department.
A payment or invoice discount given by a product manufacturer to a retailer as an incentive for a variety of actions, including prompt invoice payment, volume purchase, and promotional activity such as temporary price reductions or circular ads. Sometimes delivered in the form of free product, but more frequently a monetary transaction.
Designated marketing area based on media coverage.
This is the total number of items a store offers for sale. A typical grocery store may have a 20-40k assortment. Assortments are typically tailored by demographic and season.
This is another term for a drive up window where an order is automatically presented to a customer or delivery service driver.
An automated system that contains product inventory so that customer orders can be picked into order totes. It also stores completed orders and, at the appropriate time, dispenses those orders for either cusomer pickup at store or delivery to home.
Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), including carts, lift trucks and purpose-built carriers that are computer-controlled wheel-based load carriers (normally battery powered) that run on a plant or warehouse floor (or, if outdoors, on a paved surface). Most AGVs follow predefined paths, although there may be areas of the plant or warehouse where they have more freedom.
Umbrella term for family including Barcode, Biometrics, Magnetic Ink & Stripe, Machine Vision, OCR, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Voice technologies used to identify & track items throughout the global supply chain. See AIM and GS1, above.
Orders merchandise when stock-on-hand reaches a pre-determined reorder point. An automatic reorder can be generated by a computer on the basis of a perpetual inventory system and reorder point calculations.
An automated system that typically stores completed orders and then, at the appropriate time, dispenses those orders for either customer pickup or delivery.
A generic term for a system that automatically stores items in a repository and can also retrieve them. The Alphabot system is an ASRS, but with additional functionality as well.
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.
The name under which a supermarket operates. Ralph’s is a banner of Kroger.