Midwestern grocer Hy-Vee plans to pilot Simbe Robotics’ Tally shelf-scanning robot at five stores, where the technology will provide autonomous inventory management.
West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee said Thursday that Tally robots are already in at supermarkets in Ankeny, Iowa, and Lincoln, Neb., and more of the units will be deployed at stores in Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Altoona, Iowa, in the coming weeks.
Roaming the aisles at Hy-Vee stores, the Tally robots travel the entire floor up to three times daily and scan tens of thousands of products across grocery and health-and-wellness aisles. The technology checks products’ in-stock status and ensures that items are placed properly — and where customers expect them to be — and display the correct prices and promotional information.Supermarket News