Sam’s Club, a membership warehouse club and a division of Walmart, has completed a national, chain-wide rollout of “Inventory Scan” towers that have been added to its existing fleet of robotic scrubbers in partnership with Brain Corp, a provider of artificial intelligence for robots.
In doing so, Walmart has made Brain Corp “the world’s largest supplier of inventory scanning robots”, according to the company.
Todd Garner, vice president, in-club product management, says: “Our initial goal at Sam’s Club was to convert time historically spent on scrubbers to more member-focused activities.
“Our autonomous scrubbers have exceeded this goal. In addition to increasing the consistency and frequency of floor cleaning, intelligent scrubbers have empowered associates with critical insights.
“At Sam’s Club, we have a member-obsessed culture. These scrubbers help associates ensure products are out for sale, priced correctly and findable, ultimately making it easier to directly engage with our members.”
The chain-wide roll out of almost 600 Inventory Scan towers was initiated in late January 2022 and positions Brain Corp as the world’s leading supplier of robotic inventory scanners.
David Pinn, CEO at Brain Corp, says: “The speed and efficiency of the deployment of this next generation retail technology with Sam’s Club is a testament to the strength of our team.
“Through the use of Inventory Scan, Sam’s Clubs across the country are able to access a trove of critical inventory data in real time, which they can use to better inform decision making, run their clubs more efficiently and provide a better in-club experience for their members.”
Utilizing a first-of-its-kind dual function design, the powerful new scanning accessory has been fitted to the almost 600 autonomous floor scrubbers already deployed within Sam’s Clubs nationwide.
The towers are powered by Brain Corp’s AI operating system, BrainOS, combining best-in-class autonomy and ease of use with trusted equipment.
Once installed on the scrubber, the cloud-connected Inventory Scan tower captures data as it moves autonomously around the club. As functionality is deployed, insights such as product localization, planogram compliance, product stock levels, and verification of pricing accuracy will be delivered to the club.
Each function negates the need for time-consuming and potentially inaccurate manual processes that can impact product availability, member experience, or create waste caused by inaccurate ordering.