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New partnership brings artificial intelligence to DoorDash Mart

SAN FRANCISCO – DoorDash is adding to its technology toolbox to serve its DashMart Locations.

The delivery service is implementing RELEX Solutions’ artificial intelligence (AI)-powered supply chain planning solution to service its convenience store concept. With the pact, RELEX will use machine learning to create predictions that will optimize product availability.

“We are excited to partner with DoorDash to automate and optimize forecasting and replenishment for their DashMart locations,” said Carlos Victoria, senior vice president, Americas Sales for RELEX. “We look forward to working with DoorDash to continue improving the accuracy and efficiency of their supply chain operations.”

San Francisco-based DoorDash launched DoorDash Mart in mid-2020 as a new kind of convenience store, bringing both household essentials and local restaurant favorites to customers’ doorsteps. It initially rolled out the concept in eight cities: Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Minneapolis; Salt Lake City; the greater Phoenix area; and Redwood City, California.

DoorDash has since expanded its DoorDash Mart product line. Earlier this year, he implemented Accelerator for Local Goods, an educational program designed to uplift local consumer packaged goods businesses owned by entrepreneurs who are women, transgender, immigrants or people of color.

The DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods program is a six-week, live, self-guided course designed in partnership with Next Street, a mission-driven small business solutions company, that will cover six topics including supply chain management. procurement, wholesale supplier relationship management, cash management and business development.

Beyond the educational component, participants receive a $5,000 grant to support their business needs, access to marketing and sales support from DoorDash, and the guarantee to sell their products through DashMart.

Retailers are turning to AI

In 2021, Kum & Go LC tapped RELEX for unified supply chain and merchandising optimization with AI. Through this partnership, Kum&Go aimed to expand its existing merchandising capabilities to enable easier vendor collaboration and performance-driven assortment decisions, such as Convenience store news reported.

The partnership also allows the convenience store operator to:

  • Improve its existing replenishment process with RELEX’s machine learning-based forecasting that takes into account additional data sources, increasing order accuracy.
  • Leverage RELEX’s On The Go mobility solution, which drives exception-based order review at the store level, enables mobile planogram review, and enables seamless interaction between their operations and merchandising teams.

Sheetz also partnered with RELEX in January. According to Sheetz, he was looking for a reliable solution with advanced functionality that could support demand planning across his entire supply chain network within a single system.

It chose RELEX because of its scalable and unified supply chain management solution, which will improve collaboration and visibility across Sheetz’s vertically integrated network, as well as CSNews reported.