KNAPP and Takeoff Technologies announced a $150 million, 50-site order that the companies say represents one of the most significant events in eGrocery adoption to date.

Takeoff offers a micro fulfillment solution that helps grocers in the online environment, filling grocery orders quickly and cost-efficiently. Takeoff's solutions are paired with KNAPP's automation leadership.

“It is extremely exciting to take our partnership between Takeoff and KNAPP to the next level, and deliver on our promise of reliability, affordability and scalability,” says José Vicente Aguerrevere, co-founder and CEO of Takeoff.

“By the end of 2020, Takeoff will have accumulated at least $2 billion in gross merchandise volume for our retail partners,” says Max Pedró, co-founder and president of Takeoff. “Takeoff and KNAPP’s solution will cement us as world leaders in hyperlocal automated fulfillment.”

Both companies are implementing a second-generation design that is meant to increase throughput and reduce friction in the construction process. One key element of this design is a new open-shuttle technology that will optimize the space needed for order sorting, while adding flexibility to the overall design and operation of the Micro Fulfillment Center.

In addition to these upgrades, Takeoff says it is assembling dedicated implementation teams to allow for a fast-track implementation strategy, and to give them the capability to deploy multiple sites per week