Alphabot System

 

Online grocery sales surged 40% in 2020, but some grocers faced declining profits and tough choices.

Because manually picking orders is labor intensive, it’s unprofitable to fulfill the growing number of e-grocery orders. Store inventory is constantly changing, resulting in out-of-stock items and substitutions that lead to a poor customer experience. Shoppers are put off by picking carts clogging store aisles. It’s no longer feasible to manually pick orders from shelves.

Automated e-grocery fulfillment systems such as micro-fulfillment centers and customer fulfillment centers are the answer to e-grocery profitability and customer satisfaction. But what solution is best?

You need a solution that is designed for efficient e-grocery order fulfillment. You need to know that the solution you buy today won’t be obsolete in a couple of years. And you need a reliable system that comes with the experience, support and scale of a long-term partner.

I started thinking about automating supermarkets 25 years ago. Novastore is our vision for the future of supermarkets. We started with the fact that our mission is to automate the grocery store. We started from the ground up by solving the specific problems of automation at store level.

Introducing the Alphabot® System by Alert Innovation
Driven by John’s vision, the Alphabot System by Alert Innovation delivers the throughput and reliability needed to efficiently fulfill e-grocery orders from online ordering to customer pickup. But we’re just on the beginning of our innovation journey.

With over 50 patents applied for, the Alphabot System is future-proof by design. That translates into an ongoing competitive advantage, continuous improvement, and revenue growth for your retail operation.

Let’s take a deeper look at the Alphabot System.

The passive Alphabot storage structure is scalable for different real-estate and product assortment requirements. There are no moving parts in the Alphabot storage structure for maximum reliability and lowest maintenance costs.

At the heart of our system are the Alphabot robots, omni-directional, battery-free robots that charge on the fly for maximum system uptime and safety. Because the robot is the only moving part with various travel paths, there is no single point of failure. To increase order throughput, you simply add more robots.

This unique architecture stores individual items for picking and finished orders in integrated ambient, frozen and refrigerated temperature zones.

The Alphabot System ensures product quality, safety and cold chain compliance. It makes it easy to automatically consolidate and dispense orders for near immediate delivery with 95% of orders going from order to pickup in 12 minutes or less. The labor savings delivered from storing completed orders in the system and auto-dispensing them, delivers 40% more return on investment than traditional picking systems that rely on expensive secondary storage and manual order consolidation.

Within the storage structure, totes and subtotes allow maximum assortment high storage density and precise inventory control while saving labor.

The input output workstations, where products enter and exit the Alphabot System, use a simple interface and multiple sensors to minimize training needs and maximize rate of decant and order dispense. Alphabot Robots present inventory to store associates at the picking workstation to fulfill customer orders these stations operate at eight to ten times the manual pick rate with multiple sensors and software features to ensure picking accuracy.

The warehouse control system is the software backbone that controls the Alphabot System. We developed this proprietary software that provides easy integration to third-party applications and your enterprise systems.

Our unique self-service auto dispense portals allow shoppers to pick up their orders curbside without associate involvement this additional level of Alphabot System automation further reduces your e-grocery operational costs and simplifies order pickups for shoppers eliminating last mile delivery

We’re focused on much more than just the technology. We’re focused on delivering value to customers beyond the technology. For example, we have 24-hour remote monitoring. We have training programs. We have a program called Alert Academy. We built a network of third-party service providers to help in planning systems and installing systems commissioning systems, as well as, after after installation service support.

Walmart knew that automating fulfillment at store level would require a new technology. They were out looking for it they found us and it’s been a great partnership from the very beginning.

Contact us to learn how the Alphabot System can help you deliver profitable e-grocery orders to satisfied shoppers.