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Distribution centre automation in the grocery industry

26 February 2016

Grocery veggies.

The benefits of automation discussed include reduction in labour; the disadvantages include a high requirement for flexibility.

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These YouTube videos show online grocery distribution centres in action: 

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world. 2
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples discuss technology as intervention by design and explain the impacts and implications of this. 8
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people. 2
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to discuss why technology can challenge people’s views of what it is to be ‘human’. 8

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Keywords: groceries, automation, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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