Robotics hits the supermarket |


In the restaurant and grocery store tech news today, Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee announced it is testing shelf-scanning inventory management robots in its stores, while ShopRite is piloting delivery. robotics in partnership with Tortoise. Additionally, New York City continues to regulate food delivery services, this time with a host of labor protections, including a provision that delivery services must allow drivers to use their toilets at work.

Hy-Vee Joins Grocers in Workforce Optimization with Automated Inventory Management

Hy-Vee buyers will have to get used to sharing the aisle with robots. The Iowa-based supermarket chain, which operates more than 240 stores in the Midwest, announced Thursday (September 23) that it is deploying Simbe Robotics’ Tally inventory management robots to locations in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

ShopRite drives fast delivery with robot turtles

Wakefern’s ShopRite supermarkets are piloting the rapid delivery of groceries with Tortoise robotic carts, according to information released Friday, September 24. The battery operated remote carts will first roll out in Pennsylvania at ShopRite in Yardley, followed by ShopRite in Bethlehem next month. They will be the first supermarkets in the North East to use this technology.

Rite Aid’s on-demand delivery goes national with Uber Eats

On Friday, September 24, Rite Aid expanded its partnership with Uber Technologies, Inc. and now offers delivery of health, grocery and Rite Aid products through the Uber Eats platform from 2,185 Rite Aid locations across the United States in 17 states.

Roundup Restaurant: NYC Passes Protection for Delivery Drivers

New York City passes a range of protections for concert delivery personnel, Nathan’s Famous arrives in France, Denny’s is relaunching its digital platforms and Subway has recorded its best sales since 2013.

AMZN vs. WMT Weekly: Walmart Cancels Vacation Layaway; Amazon reaches out to SMEs

Walmart still has a nearly 10-to-1 lead over Amazon when it comes to groceries, with food and beverages accounting for over 56% of its overall sales, but friction between separate orders for daily groceries and items retailing may have resulted in fewer consumers seeing Walmart as a place to do much of their shopping while trapped inside during the pandemic.

Alcohol-free spirits retailer Boisson predicts e-commerce growth in the next 12 months

The change in consumer drinking behavior brought on by the pandemic has left a void ready to be filled with new non-alcoholic beverages. Nick Bodkins, co-founder of alcohol-free retailer and e-merchant NYC Boisson, chats with PYMNTS about building an omnichannel following in the booming category.



On: Eighty percent of consumers want to use non-traditional payment options like self-service, but only 35 percent were able to use them for their most recent purchases. Today’s Self-Service Shopping Journey, a PYMNTS and Toshiba Collaboration, analyzes more than 2,500 responses to find out how merchants can address availability and perception issues to meet demand for self-service kiosks.


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