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‘Cybersessions AI’: Albert Heijn and bol featured in TV-series about AI

November 2, 2023 – Over the past few weeks, a new Dutch TV-series called Cybersessies AI, in collaboration with Kickstart AI, highlighted the positive impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Netherlands and innovative ways AI is used in Dutch companies. As Ahold Delhaize is one of the founding partners of Kickstart AI, Albert Heijn and bol were both featured in an episode. See how they were showcased below...  

How bol uses AI to offer 36 million items to 14 million customers

Last week, bol featured Vincent Weijers, Chief Operations Officer bol: "We have 14 million customers, and a range of 36 million articles. So we have to manage it all in a large-scale logistics operation, for which we make smart use of automation, mechanization, but also AI.

From improving delivery promises to making packages more sustainable – watch the full episode below to discover how "the store for all of us" is currently deploying AI. 

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How Albert Heijn uses AI to combat Food Waste  

In Albert Heijn’s mini documentary, Noortje van Genugten, Director Analytics & Data Science at Albert Heijn, explains how our Dutch supermarket uses AI to reduce food waste. "AI is very important for Albert Heijn," says Noortje. "We have over 1,000 shops and over 15,000 items per shop, so we have 15 million shelves which need to be properly managed every day. With our mission to make better food available for everyone, we want to leave the world a better place. One way we do this is by reducing food waste, and AI plays a significant role in helping us achieve this.”   

Watch Albert Heijn’s full episode below to find out how Albert Heijn is currently utilizing AI, what challenges they face and where they see opportunities for the near future.  

Our Dutch audience can watch all episodes on demand via Videoland, NLZiet and YouTube.  

About Kickstart AI  

Kickstart AI is an initiative by four Dutch corporates (Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM and NS) to give back to the community. Through funding and pooling of data science resources, they created and continue to foster a thriving AI community. As such, Kickstart AI is uniquely positioned to drive AI adoption and tackle real-world challenges at scale.    

Kickstart AI regularly organizes knowledge-sharing events for data scientists engineers and AI experts, like TechDays. Their events are invite-only. Visit the website to register for the newsletter and upcoming events.   

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