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Schwarz Group to work more closely with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in the future

• Trading group acquires company share of DFKI

• Research partnership at the forefront of cooperation


Neckarsulm, Saarbrücken/Kaiserslautern. The Schwarz Group is intensifying its cooperation with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) to develop applications for new technologies in the retail sector. It will be the first trading company to belong to a group of 29 shareholders who promote the research work of DFKI and the exchange on current topics and fields of application of Artificial Intelligence.

The Schwarz Group, with its Lidl and Kaufland retail divisions, expects the research partnership with DFKI to provide a practical impetus for digitization. In the future, relevant research knowledge will flow even more quickly into innovations that improve operational processes and support the stationary retail business.

The DFKI welcomes the fact that in the course of participation, experience from the retail sector can be incorporated more strongly into research activities. In this domain, a wide range of applications for key technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is conceivable.

The Schwarz Group and DFKI have already developed successful joint projects in recent years, for example, in the field of speech assistance systems and robotics. 

DFKI has been conducting research in the field of AI for over 30 years. Its shareholders include companies such as Microsoft, SAP, and BMW.

Press contact:

Henning Stegmayer

Leiter Unternehmenskommunikation, Schwarz Dienstleistung KG