Schnucks Markets Launches Robots Across All its Stores

Grocery chain Schnucks Markets has rolled out robots to all 111 of its locations via a partnership with Simbe Robotics.
Tally robot
Schnucks Market will roll out Simbe's Tally solution to all 111 of its locations

Through a multiyear deal, Schnucks will deploy Simbe’s Tally solution at stores in its four-state footprint, Progressive Grocer reported. The robots provide AI-powered inventory management technology. 

Grocers have experimented with robots over the past few years, with Walmart trying out inventory tracking robots, as well as others. The Tally solution will give Schnucks enterprise-wide visibility into store conditions and offer business insights as consumers continue to shift behaviors through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“We are facing a ‘new normal’ in the grocery industry, and Tally has been instrumental to ensuring we continue to provide an exceptional store experience while rising to meet new operational challenges,” Dave Steck, Schnucks’ vice president of IT infrastructure and application development, said in a statement. 

Schnucks piloted the Tally solution in 2017 and expanded the solution to other stores in 2018 and 2020. The robots autonomously capture on-shelf data three times daily, examining inventory position, price accuracy and promotional execution. The robots offer a number of benefits, including detecting more out-of-stock items, improved accuracy of inventory, higher price tag and promotional execution, and access to real-time data.

The announcement comes as retailers struggle to find enough talent to fill open roles. The COVID-19 pandemic shook the retail industry and created major disruption to the workforce, leaving many retailers scrambling to find enough staff as stores have reopened.

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