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Loblaws to Launch Canada’s First Fully Autonomous Delivery Fleet Next Year

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In partnership with autonomous technology company Gatik, Loblaws has today announced it will be deploying a fleet of fully autonomous delivery vehicles in Toronto, Ontario, next year, marking the launch of Canada’s first fully-automated delivery fleet, TeslaNorth is reporting.

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Gatik will provide Loblaw with a safe, reliable, contactless delivery solution for transporting multi-temperature goods from its automated picking facility to retail locations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 

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“As more Canadians turn to online grocery shopping, we’ve looked at ways to make our supply chain more efficient. Middle-mile autonomous delivery is a great example,” said Lauren Steinberg, Loblaw’s Senior Vice President.

“Loblaw is one of Canada’s leading grocery retailers and we are proud to be selected to play a key role in enhancing the safety and efficiency of its already robust supply chain,” said Gautam Narang, CEO and Co-founder of Gatik. “Retailers know the biggest inefficiencies in their logistics operations often exist in the middle-mile, typically between automated picking facilities and retail locations.”

Gatik will be operating its vehicles, five in total, for Loblaw up to 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, on 5 routes operating on public roads with fixed pick-up and drop-off locations. All vehicles will have a safety driver as a co-pilot.

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