SpartanNash Harnesses Robotics Automation to Generate Real-Time Inventory Insights; Tom Swanson, Masiar Tayebi, and Brad Bogolea Discuss
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - You may soon see a friendly new robot roaming the aisles of SpartanNash’s banner locations as a result of its newest partnership. The food solutions company recently announced the implementation of an autonomous inventory robot named Tally in 15 grocery stores across Michigan and Indiana.
“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 SpartanNash Executive Vice President, Corporate Retail Tom Swanson.
As a press release outlined, 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. With its innovative technology, Tally can capture 15,000–30,000 products an hour, ensuring products remain in stock, in the correct location, and accurately priced.
SpartanNash is implementing the solution in additional Family Fare and Martin’s Super Market stores following a successful pilot in select D&W Fresh Market stores.
“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,” added Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Information Officer Masiar Tayebi.
Developed by retail technology company Simbe, Tally plays a key role in SpartanNash’s continued investment in technology to enhance the store guest and Associate experience.
“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 Simbe Robotics Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Brad Bogolea. “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.”
How will SpartanNash continue to improve its overall operations? Keep reading ANUK as we report.