Dollar General Dollar General is using artificial intelligence to optimize its fresh produce buying, as across the grocery industry, retailers are tapping automated solutions to improve their purchasing decisions and boost efficiency.
The discount chain is expanding its use of AI from solution provider Shelf Engine , which offers demand forecasting capabilities and other inventory insights, to 3,000 stores by the end of the retailer’s 2023 fiscal year in early February, Progressive Grocer reported.
“Adopting Shelf Engine’s AI solutions aligns seamlessly with our mission of serving others, helping our teams enhance value and convenience for our customers,” said Allen Warch , vice president of food and fresh merchandising at Dollar General, per the report. “This collaboration is a strategic step toward improving our operational efficiency while serving our customers with improved in-stock levels of fresh produce.”
The news comes as discount retailers are increasingly looking to serve consumers’ day-to-day grocery needs. In December, Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos highlighted market share growth , both in terms of dollars spent and the number of products sold, in “highly consumable” categories. Similarly, Dollar Tree shared on its earnings call in November that its sales mix has been shifting toward consumables, and sales in the category have grown low-double-digits.
Plus, businesses across the grocery supply chain are increasingly looking to AI to boost their margins. Grocery wholesaler giant United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) announced Monday (Jan. 29) that it intends to use AI capabilities from warehouse automation company Symbotic at its latest distribution center.
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