GIANT Unveils Marty the Robot

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CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores said Monday it is introducing a robotic assistant — named Marty — to its 172 stores to identify hazards, such as liquid, powder and bulk food spills, and provide reporting that enables quick corrective action.

“Bringing robotics and AI [artificial intelligence] from a research lab to the sales floor has been a very exciting journey, and we were thrilled by the customer response in our pilot stores,” said GIANT Food president Nicholas Bertram. “Our associates have worked hard to bring this innovation to life with amazing partners.”

Marty has been tested over the past year at GIANT Food stores in Carlisle and Harrisburg, Pa.

The retailer described Marty as “a tall gray robot with googly eyes.” It is the result of a partnership among Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, GIANT Food and Badger Technologies.

GIANT Food said the rollout should be completed by mid-2019. The company operates stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.



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