American supermarket chain Giant Eagle has announced it will pilot Tally, Simbe Robotics’ autonomous shelving solution, for auditory and inventory analytics, to improve management of store stocks.
Tally will be deployed in selected stores within the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Akron, US areas.
The autonomous shelving solution is designed to ensure the availability of products on the shelves and notifies staff, every half an hour with detailed data reports, upon detecting low stocks of a product.
Both companies said that Tally carries out shelf auditing faster than existing processes with near-perfect accuracy. The deployment of the solution also requires no infrastructure changes to the store and can operate during normal shopping hours.
Giant Eagle spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski said: “When it comes to the food retail industry, shopper experience is everything. If a product is unavailable at the time our customer wants to buy it, we’ve missed an opportunity and disappointed our customer.”
“Tally helps us address these challenges by providing more precise and timely analysis of the state of in-store merchandise and freeing up staff to focus on customer service and guest interaction.”
The solution also provides inventory count information, helping to identify misplaced items or incorrectly oriented items, and can be used for product price tag validation, third-party supplier compliance and vendor management.
Tally was deployed in sporting goods retailer Decathlon USA’s San Francisco, California location, in December last year.