Rami Levy, Israel’s third-largest supermarket chain, signed a deal with Tel Aviv-based startup CommonSense Robotics, to establish 12 distribution sites throughout Israel powered by robot systems for use in storing and packing online grocery orders, CTech by Calcalist reported this week based on the company’s filing at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Thursday.
The first two sites will operate by the end of 2019, with 10 more to be established in the second period and the rest available by July 2021, the supermarket said, according to the report.
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In April, NoCamels reported that CommonSense Robotics had secured a deal with Israeli pharmaceutical chain Super-Pharm to operate a logistics center where products will also be automatically packed by robots. Super-Pharm would pay the Israeli startup a monthly retainer to operate the center, provide robot equipment and employ workers, with the service expected to shorten delivery time and cut labor and delivery costs.
Founded in 2015, CommonSense Robotics aims to help online grocery retailers offer on-demand, one-hour deliveries using robotics and artificial intelligence. It raised $20 million in a Series A funding round in February.