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with grocery shopping (93 percent), as a

result of mask mandates, or waiting in line

for the cashier, or merely by lack of social

distancing among other shoppers. That is

why we are now seeing click-and-collect

sales double in the USA (eMarketer, 2021)

and this trend will only accelerate beyond

the pandemic.

VERTICAL FARM AT THE SHOP PREMISES

To ease customers' struggles and concerns

around fresh produce and the ability to

purchase it online, Swisslog already

collaborates with partners operating in

indoor farming. Our vision is to build a

circular ecosystem comprising of rural

food pre-production sites at distribution

centers and networked indoor farms

attached to micro-fulfillment hubs in

dense urban areas. With this approach, we

can enable consumers to get hold of

high-quality fresh herbs and leafy greens,

and in the future, fruit and vegetables.

Swisslog believes that our product

portfolio and sustainable approach will

contribute to closing the 'food deserts',

enable urban populations to eat healthier

and reduce inefficiencies in the food

supply chain by shortening the last mile.

So, now imagine one more thing. Even if you

are living in a highly dense city, you can

compile your grocery basket via your phone,

and pick the vegetables and salads that were

grown in the indoor farm close to your

nearest grocery shop, or even attached to it.

One click on the 'add' button in your app will

automatically trigger the shears in the indoor

farm near to your micro-fulfillment center

and a basket with freshly cut tomatoes will

wait for you to pickup, or be delivered to your

doorstep within a few hours. Does that vision

resonate with you?

Discuss it with us if you like! >>

innovation@swisslog.com

Hungry for more?

See how we help our customers grow with new

MFC strategies >>

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Take a sneak peek at how retailers can change

the food supply chain >>

 swisslog.com/VFDaily

Timo Landener, Head of Innovation

Management

Timo is married with three children.

He considers himself a futurist and

passionate mindset changer.

He drives Swisslog to be more future

resistant and climate friendly by

observing trends and acting upon them.

His motto is 'A conversation always

presupposes that the other person can

also be right.'

SUPPLYING SUSTAINABLE FOOD WITH AUTOMATION

SUPPLYING SUSTAINABLE FOOD WITH AUTOMATION

SUPPLYING SUSTAINABLE FOOD WITH AUTOMATION

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