Walmart is developing a machine called Eden that inspects produce for defects. Eden will ultimately be able to predict the shelf life of produce as well, using factors like appearance and temperatures where it is stored. If temperatures spike on trucks carrying produce, Eden will reroute the truck to a closer destination, since rising temperatures shorten shelf life. Walmart says the technology will help the company save $US2 billion in food waste over the next five years. Walmart is developing a machine that inspects fruits and vegetables for defects and can accurately predict the exact date when it will spoil. The company says the technology, called Eden, will save Walmart $US2 billion over the next five years, mostly through a reduction in food waste. It has already saved Walmart $US86 million since it was deployed to its 43 food-distribution centres in January of last year, according to Parvez Musani, vice president of supply chain technology engineering at Walmart Labs. “We are constantly looking at technology to serve our customers better,” Musani told Business Insider in an interview. For now, Eden is in the early stages of development. Employees at Walmart’s distribution centres use it to digitally record defects and get… Read full this story
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