A mobile robot called Tally has got a job at Schnucks grocery stores, where it will wander round the aisles and make mental notes of what products are running low on stock and checking prices.
Simbe Robotics, Tally is said to perform the tasks humans might find boring and time-consuming. It can do this while customers are shopping or after the stores close.
Simbe claims Tally is the “world’s first fully autonomous robotic shelf auditing and analytics solution for the retail industry”, and suggests the technology could save some of the $450 billion retailers lose annually through inefficiencies which Tally can help resolve.
Continue reading Schnucks grocery stores give Tally the robot some work to do checking the shelves
The Whole Foods Market in Boulder, Colorado, US. Reuters / Rick Wilking
By Lisa Baertlein and Harriet McLeod, Reuters
The merger that shook food and retail stocks on Friday – Amazon’s proposed deal to buy Whole Foods Market – rattled some employees of the upscale grocery chain who expressed fears ranging from layoffs to the loss of their laid-back corporate culture.
The online retailer hopes the $13.7 billion acquisition helps it disrupt the grocery business and expand its real-world store footprint.
Carmen Clark, 37, a six-year employee at a store in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, said some workers worry that Amazon-led automation could lead to job cuts.
Continue reading Amazon could assimilate Whole Foods workers into robots and drones in some sort of cyber-physical dystopian Borg-like nightmare
Bossa Nova Robotics and Digimarc are collaborating to automate planogram compliance by combining the two companies’ scanning and robotics technologies.
A planogram is a visual representation of the layout of a store and the arrangement of its products.
Bossa Nova says its robot would help retailers make more strategic, money-saving inventory management decisions.
Continue reading Bossa Nova Robotics partners with Digimarc on retail product scanning technology
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Lowe’s, the home improvement and hradware store chain, has hired a robot shop assistant it developed with Fellow Robots. The company says LoweBot will enhance the shopping experience for customers.
LoweBot was developed through a partnership between Fellow Robots and
Lowe’s Innovation Labs, and the companies say it explores how intelligent help can meet the needs of customers and employees.
Lowe’s will introduce LoweBot in fall, later this year.
LoweBot is part of the Navii autonomous retail service robot series by Fellow Robots, and will be in 11 Lowe’s stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Continue reading Lowe’s store bosses hire Fellow robot workers
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