Grand Rapids, Michigan-based SpartanNash has announced plans to deploy Tally, an autonomous inventory robot, in 15 grocery stores in Michigan and Indiana.
After a successful pilot in select D&W Fresh Market stores, SpartanNash is implementing Simbe’s solution in additional Family Fare and Martin’s Super Market stores. The real-time data intelligence that Tally provides helps ensure items are stocked and priced.
“Tally’s speed, accuracy and automation enable our associates to save time in inventory tracking and spend more time on the floor serving store guests,” said Tom Swanson, EVP of corporate retail.
Tally is a quiet, slim robot that travels store aisles throughout the day, leveraging 3D computer vision technology to collect accurate shelf data. It can capture 15,000 to 30,000 products an hour, ensuring they remain in-stock, in the correct location and with the accurate price.
“When we first started working with SpartanNash, we knew this was a partner that recognized the powerful role technology can play in enhancing in-store operations and, as a result, the customer experience,” said Brad Bogolea, Simbe Robotics co-founder and CEO.
“It’s been so rewarding working together to further deploy our retail solution. We’re excited to continue providing powerful insights for SpartanNash to help improve the shopping experience for store guests and Associates.”
This announcement follows the company’s recent pilot with food technology platform Afresh Technologies.
“SpartanNash is positively influencing our store guest experience through new-to-world technology innovations such as Tally to help us in our mission to deliver the ingredients for a better life,” said Masiar Tayebi, EVP and chief strategy and information officer.
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