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Woolworths starts FY21 on a high by recording an 87% jump in total e-commerce sales

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Woolworths has announced that group e-commerce sales jumped by 87% to AU$1.5 billion during the first quarter of 2021 financial year. For the period to 4 October 2020, the company achieved total group sales of nearly AU$18 billion, up 12.3% when compared to the corresponding period last year. "It has been a pleasing start to FY21 with all retail businesses delivering strong sales growth and customer metrics remaining solid," Woolworths group CEO Brad Banducci said. "COVID costs remain material as we continue to prioritise the safety of our customers and team but have moderated as we become more efficient at operating COVIDSafe." Of the total sales figure, the group's Australian food business accounted for AU$12 billion, a 13% jump from the same 14-week period last financial year that achieved AU$10.7 million.


Best Artificial Intelligence Logistics Startups -- Transmetrics Blog

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This article about the best artificial intelligence logistics startups is part of the "Logistics of the Future" series looking at the top logistics startups today. We are officially living in the age of Artificial Intelligence. It's everywhere we look, from AI-powered personal assistants to predictive analytics to making medical diagnoses, Artificial Intelligence is making incredible advances across all industries. In fact, a recent report on the state of Artificial Intelligence for enterprises found that supply chain and operations are some of the top areas where businesses are driving revenue from AI investment. Why is AI making such a big difference in the logistics and supply chain, particularly?


Fabric

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Queueing – that greatest, and most shuffling of British traditions – is doomed. Elram Goren, co-founder and CEO of Fabric, formerly CommonSense Robotics, is responsible. His company, which builds robots and artificial intelligence systems for urban micro-fulfilment centres, is dedicated to cracking the one hour delivery problem.


How robotics can fit your operation

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If you wanted to create the perfect mix of conditions to trigger the growth of a type of automated equipment for distribution center operations, you couldn't do much better than the factors lining up in favor of robotics. E-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment are driving labor-intensive piece picking, and warehouse labor is increasingly difficult to find and retain. DC operators know they need to automate to reduce these challenges, but few operations are able to plunk down millions for traditional automation projects that carry long payback times and might be difficult to reconfigure. Enter a new generation of robots, based on technology that uses on-board sensors and a more "natural" approach to navigation. Research shows high interest in robotics.


How robotics can fit your operation

#artificialintelligence

If you wanted to create the perfect mix of conditions to trigger the growth of a type of automated equipment for distribution center operations, you couldn't do much better than the factors lining up in favor of robotics. E-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment are driving labor-intensive piece picking, and warehouse labor is increasingly difficult to find and retain. DC operators know they need to automate to reduce these challenges, but few operations are able to plunk down millions for traditional automation projects that carry long payback times and might be difficult to reconfigure. Enter a new generation of robots, based on technology that uses on-board sensors and a more "natural" approach to navigation. Research shows high interest in robotics.