Robot aims to help retailers keep a tally on product, inventory

Robot aims to help retailers keep a tally on product, inventory

Several North American retailers are piloting a new robotic auditing and analytics approach for tracking and managing inventory.

The Simbe Robotics' Tally is geared toward helping retailers avoid out-of-stock and empty shelves scenarios, according to an announcement. The company declined to name the retailers currently piloting the robot system, which can also help stores ensure compliance with product placement to boost sales.

Tally can roam aisles during normal store hours and can audit shelves faster, cheaper and more frequently than human-driven auditing processes, states the announcement.

"When it comes to the retail industry, shopper experience is everything. If a product is unavailable at the time the shopper wants to buy it, the retailer has missed an opportunity and disappointed their customer," Brad Bogolea, CEO and co-founder of Simbe Robotics, in the announcement. "Tally helps retailers address these challenges by providing more precise and timely analysis of the state of in-store merchandise and freeing up staff to focus on customer service."

Tally can also help with:

  • Identification of misplaced items

  • Identification of incorrectly facing or oriented items

  • Product price tag validation

  • Third-party supplier compliance and vendor management

The 38-inch tall Tally features a suite of sensors that let it operate reliably and safely in retail environments while capturing information on the state of merchandise in the store. The data is sent and shared to the cloud for processing and analysis. The data is then exposed through both an API and front-end application alongside specific recommendations to improve store performance to key stakeholders.

Topics: Customer Experience, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Technology

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