Albertsons Companies announced that it’s the first American grocer to pilot an automated and contactless grocery PickUp kiosk. The kiosk, located at a Jewel-Osco store in Chicago’s South Loop, follows Albertson’s installation of PickUp lockers at several Jewel-Osco stores last October.
- Omnichannel: Customers who select the “Kiosk PickUp” option will be offered two-hour time slots during which to pick up their groceries. Manufactured by Cleveron, the kiosk is currently fulfilling orders, and the company plans to install a second unit in the area soon, the company announced in a press release.
- How it works: When customers arrive at the kiosk, they scan a code on their phone and their groceries are robotically delivered to the front of the unit for pickup. The unit features two temperature zones — regular and a deep freeze. [BusinessWire]