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New software to enable social distancing during grocery fulfillment

Demand for online grocery has reached unprecedented heights due to COVID-19 as people everywhere adhere to social distancing directives, with online grocery site visits up 146 per cent from just February to March 2020.

Dematic has developed a dedicated software update for a leading grocery customer, empowering them to continue addressing online demand surges while ensuring critical safety measures for its front-line workers.

The picking software update was developed by Dematic software engineers and it took the team only a day to create the update and less than three days to implement it across the grocer’s entire network.

Hasan Dandashly, Dematic CEO, said its customers’ employees are no longer simply order pickers, grocery retail workers and cashiers, but front-line workers.

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers.

When a picker is assigned an order, it is standard for the software to indicate the aisles that contain the items.

Due to the update, now the operator can indicate that an aisle or bay is already occupied so the picker can move quickly to an open an aisle.

Dematic said this helps ensure proper social distancing and in addition to employee safety, the update also improves efficiency with pickers no longer having to wait for aisles or areas to clear.

“Dematic has always been focused on helping our customers respond quickly to critical business challenges ― it’s at the core of what we do, given the coronavirus pandemic, it’s even more critical,”Hassan said.

“It is our duty as a business partner to provide creative solutions that make order fulfillment not just easier and faster but safer. This quick software update is the most recent example of how we take this role seriously with each project and with every customer.”

With engineering centres, manufacturing facilities and service centres located in more than 25 countries, Dematic’s global network of 8,000 employees have helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands.

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