Supermarkets have their doors open from early morning until late in the evening to provide customers not only with the groceries they need but also with a great shopping experience. Easy access, convenience and a wide assortment are all part of that experience. Hygiene is at the top of the priority list too, especially in the light of COVID-19.
Ahold Delhaize’s AI for Retail (AIR) Lab Delft is globally challenging smart startups, scale-ups and other technical virtuosos for a robotic autonomous store cleaning solution.
Looking for the cleaning solution of tomorrow
In supermarkets, floors are cleaned once a day before each store opens. It takes cleaning personnel an average of two hours every morning to sweep the floors for dirt, mop the hard-to-reach corners, and then go through the store with a ride-on floor scrubber. It is certainly both a time-consuming and labor-intensive activity.
Ahold Delhaize’s AI for Retail (AIR) Lab is looking for a partner that can automate this process by creating an autonomous cleaning robot.
The AIRLab Delft is the joint industry lab of Ahold Delhaize and the TU Delft, driving innovations at the intersection of retail, AI and robotics. It recently opened a test site where researchers - supported by RoboValley and tech incubator YES!Delft - can work with partners, students and startups to build and test prototypes of robotic solutions.