Retailers‘Tally’ will provide platform for inventory, navigation and delivery, IT VP Dave Steck says in Grocery Shop talk

Schnuck Markets is rolling out a robot it calls Tally that will autonomously scan shelves for inventory and price accuracy at 15 stores.

Speaking at the Grocery Shop conference in Las Vegas, David Steck, VP of IT infrastructure for the St. Louis based grocer, said the robots from Simbe Robotics would provide “groundbreaking” insights for the retailer and its suppliers, free up employees to tackle more customer-facing tasks, and provide for the groundwork for integration with a newly launched loyalty app that could, for example, arrange customer shopping lists to align with a customer’s actual path through the store, aiding convenience and the opportunity to provide special offers in real time.

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While the introduction comes amid widespread adoption of robotic technologies throughout retail, its launch is especially timely for Schnucks, which is facing a labor shortage and associated risk that out of stocks could impact sales and customer satisfaction. The technology, Steck noted,…