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Schnucks rolls out shelf-scanning robot in select locations

Schnucks, in partnership with Simbe Robotics, announced that Tally, an autonomous shelf-scanning robot, is rolling out in at least 15 of the retailer’s locations.

Simbe’s technology looks to help push the retailer into a new era of efficiency and improved customer experience by providing insightful shelf data and improve how products are organized and stocked on the shelves, the companies said.

“Tally has been instrumental in boosting the way our shelves are managed and how our stores function. As a result of working with Simbe, we’ve experienced a phenomenon we call ‘The Tally Effect,’ an immediate improvement in in-store operations and increased teammates productivity,” Dave Steck, Schnucks vice president of IT — infrastructure and application development, said. “Currently, teammates are spending several hours a week completing tasks like inventory scanning and price tag auditing. Since we implemented Tally, the robot now completes those mundane tasks, allowing teammates to focus on customer service. We have confidence that with Simbe, our stores will run more smoothly and customers will continue to have exceptional and modern shopping experiences.”

Tally robots in Schnucks’ stores travel the floors three times per day and scan approximately 35,000 products during each trip. They also safely navigate around aisles and shoppers, and return to their charging docks on their own, the companies said.

“Schnucks is deeply committed to exceptional customer service and has taken a tech-forward approach to improving in-store operations, which ultimately delivers a better shopping experience,” Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe said. “Tally has provided Schnucks with a deeper understanding of inventory flow and shelf health, and the results exceeded expectations. We look forward to our continued partnership and bringing digital-grade insights to even more of Schnucks stores.”

Tally can currently be found in several locations, including the Ballwin, Woods Mill, Des Peres and Webster Groves, Mo., stores. It will expand to the Sierra Vista, Cross Keys, Twin Oaks and Granite City, Mo., stores throughout November.
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