SpartanNash is expanding its plans to use an autonomous inventory robot named Tally in 15 grocery stores in Michigan and Indiana. Developed by retail technology company Simbe, Tally represents SpartanNash's continued investment in technology to enhance the store guest and associate experience.
After successfully piloting select D&W Fresh Market stores, SpartanNash implements Simbe's solution in additional Family Fare and Martin's Super Market stores. The real-time data intelligence that Tally provides helps items always stay fresh, adequately stocked and priced competitively.
"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, SpartanNash executive vice president of corporate retail.
Tally is a quiet, slim robot that unobtrusively traverses store aisles throughout the day, leveraging 3D computer vision technology to collect highly accurate shelf data, the company said. It can capture 15,000 to 30,000 products an hour, ensuring they remain in stock, in the correct location and accurately priced.
"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."
As part of SpartanNash's commitment to customer-focused innovation, 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. executive vice president, chief strategy and information officer.