Giant Food Stores to use in-store robots at all locations

CARLISLE, Pa. - Giant Food Stores will begin introducing a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores.

The new robot, "Marty," is tall and gray with googly eyes. The robot will be working alongside employees.

Marty moves around the store unassisted and is used to identify hazards such as liquid, powder and bulk-food items spills. The robot frees up associates to spend more time serving customers.

"Bringing robotics and A.I. 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 Nicholas Bertram, Giant's president. "Our associates have worked hard to bring this innovation to life with amazing partners."

Giant has been piloting the in-store robotic program in stores near Harrisburg and Carlisle.

The robot will be deployed to all Giant and Martin's stores over the next coming months, with expected completion of mid-2019.

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