In the future, many consumers will want to shop for groceries from automated kiosks.
The technology could save them hundreds of dollars per trip.
The first automated grocery-store in the United States opened its doors in Omaha last month, and it will have to be staffed by human workers.
The Omaha Food Truck, or OTV, was built by a company called Kixi that’s an online marketplace for food and beverage delivery.
Kixing.com has about 500 stores in North America and another 250 in China, and in its first month of operations in Omaha, OTV delivered more than 100,000 packages, said the company’s vice president of operations, Kevin Breen.
The OTV was a small operation, with only about two dozen employees.
The workers are paid about $40 an hour, but they earn a $12.25 hourly wage, Breen said.
It was one of about 1,600 restaurants operating in the Omaha area last year, according to the local restaurant association.
OTV also runs a second location in Chicago.
The company has not disclosed the cost of operating the grocery store, but Breen estimates it will cost $20 million to operate, which is more than the $10 million cost of a typical grocery store.
OTVs, like all online businesses, must hire employees and set prices, so that workers can make a profit.
OTVS employees will be paid more than $20 an hour.
Breen said OTV has had a very good response from shoppers, who often ask him for recommendations on which items they might like.
OTVIs customers also want to know if the store is in the area.
OTWs food and beverages are packaged by the company, and OTVI employees pick the freshest produce and meats, he said.
Brees, who has been with the company for about two years, said OTVI has received several requests for additional locations.
But the Omaha location is the first one that has made it to full production, and he expects the other locations to be operational in about two months, he added.
Bree, who started working at OTVI in 2011, said he hopes the company can help save the Omaha food trucking industry.
OTOVs kiosks are very efficient, he says.
They deliver a lot of food and drinks, and customers love them.
He says he hopes they will help the industry in other markets.
He said OTVS has hired some 30 people to work on OTVs new operations, and the company is looking to hire more, especially in the field of food service.