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09/21/2021

Video: Robotic Sortation System in Action

Lisa Johnston
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Tompkins Robotics’ robotic sortation system promises to sort nearly anything in a grocery store.

The system, which enables batch picking of multiple orders at once, is designed so it can be scaled down to a small backroom micro-fulfillment center or scaled up for use in a dark store or even mass distribution center.

The system intends to reduce the amount of labor needed in grocery aisles and quicken in-store pickup. It’s currently in use in Nordstrom in the United States and Kmart in Australia and New Zealand. While the company declined to name other retailers, Tompkins told RIS it’s in use with nine of the top 30 retailers in the United States.

The system is on display at the Groceryshop trade show in Las Vegas this week. Watch the video to see it in action.

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