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 time of COVID-19.
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, thus, looking for a partner that can automate this process by creating an autonomous cleaning robot.
WHATS IN IT FOR YOU?
Pilot with Ahold Delhaize
Workshops from experienced YES!Delft experts to help your idea develop and grow
Access to the AIRLab and YES!Delft ecosystem
Ahold Delhaize's new partner in this endeavor can be any company that can provide the right solution - from early-stage startups to scale-ups and SMEs. To be considered for the program, candidates need to:
Have a motivated and ambitious team, with a minimum of two co-founders, available as of right now
Have an existing prototype or MVP
Have a solution that is scalable and leads to solving the AIRLab Cleaning Bot Challenge
Be able to pitch their solution in English and/or Dutch.
The deadline for applications of proposals is on July 7th, 2020 at midnight (UTC+2).
Announcement selected startups
The announcement of selected companies will be done latest end of July, 2020.
Digital final day
The selected companies will be invited for meetings and pitches with AIRLab Delft, YES!Delft, adn Ahold Delhaize taking place during the digital final day on August 13th, 2020.
The most relevant startup(s)/scaleup(s) will start with the pilot from September onwards.