Israeli technology firm, CommonSense Robotics, has opened its first micro-fulfilment centre (MFC) in Tel Aviv, Israel. The unit occupies 550 square metres in a city centre location, a footprint which is comparable to a small convenience store and contains a similar number of items.
CommonSense will own and operate the MFCs on behalf of its customers. The startup has signed Super-Pharm, Israel’s largest drugstore chain, as its first customer for this site, charging them a service fee per order. It has also agreed to build and operate 12 sites on behalf of supermarket chain Rami Levy, and expects to open sites in New York City in 2019.
Making the last mile more efficient
CommonSense Robotics was founded in 2015 and raised $20m of capital in a funding round earlier this year. Its MFCs will combine densely packed shelving to hold the products, automated robotics to move the totes of products around the centre according to AI-driven tasks, and employees to pick products from the totes for customer orders. It claims that a 60-item grocery order could be picked in less than 10 minutes.
This speed of picking alongside the urban location of its units means that CommonSense expects to be able to provide delivery within one hour (or quicker than a pizza takeaway according, to its marketing video), and at a reasonable fulfilment cost.
Watch this video to find out more about CommonSense’s first MFC:
Source: CommonSense Robotics
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