More robots to hit the aisles at Schnucks grocery stores in St. Louis area
By Jacob Barker | St. Louis Post-Dispatch Oct 30, 2018
Updated 10/30 with comments from the union representing Schnucks workers.
In at least 15 Schnuck Markets stores, the future is now.
Aisle-scanning retail inventory robots, known as Tally, will soon be wheeling around in a growing number of locations as the St. Louis area’s leading grocer expands its partnership with San Francisco firm Simbe Robotics.
The robot, which moves around on a Roomba-looking base, uses cameras and sensors to perform inventory checks and alert employees when an item needs restocking or if price tags don’t match advertisements
The grocery chain piloted the Tally robot in July 2017 in three stores. Then, several months ago, Schnucks officials began operating the Tally robots in four stores — Ballwin, Des Peres, Webster Groves and Woods Mill in Chesterfield.
Tally will keep its job at those four stores.
“We saw that our out-of-stock positions improved greatly,” said Bob Hardester, Schnucks’ chief information officer…
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