Giant Food supermarkets to add robotic assistants in Pennsylvania


    Marty the robot in a Pennsylvania store (WHP)

    This article has been corrected.

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Ready for a robotic friend in the supermarket aisle?

    Giant Food supermarket in Pennsylvania announced it will be introducing some robot "employees" in all stores.

    The robots will be rolled out over several months soon.

    The googly-eyed, stick-like machine is named "Marty." Marty will be helping with jobs like identifying "hazards like liquid and powder spills."

    A Giant Food spokesperson noted the robots will only be in Pennsylvania stores, not in Maryland or the Washington, D.C. area.

    "At this time, there are no plans to bring 'Marty' or robotic testing to Giant Food, with our headquarters located in Landover, Maryland. The announcement of 'Marty' the robot being set up at Giant is happening only at GIANT FOOD Stores with its headquarters located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, our separate sister company. 'Marty' is being deployed at GIANT FOOD Stores to assist store associates in spotting spills and trip hazards and is designed to allow employees to have more time to serve customers. Giant Food of Landover, with locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware is not currently testing 'Marty' or other robotic programs," explained the supermarket's representatives in a statement.

    The robots have been piloted already in stores in Harrisburg and Carlisle, Pa., according to WHP.

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