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Schnuck Markets Expands Partnership With Simbe Robotics to Become First Grocer to Deploy Intelligence Robots Chainwide; Dave Steck and  Brad Bogolea Discuss

Schnuck Markets Expands Partnership With Simbe Robotics to Become First Grocer to Deploy Intelligence Robots Chainwide; Dave Steck and Brad Bogolea Discuss

Friday, August 27th, 2021

A new partnership has rolled out nationwide as Schnuck Markets taps into the might of Simbe Robotics. Recently, the retailer announced its chain-wide expansion with the technology company to further elevate its business operations and customer experience, shuttling out Tally robots to all 111 Schnuck locations.

Dave Steck, Vice President of IT Infrastructure and Application Development, Schnuck Markets“We are facing a ‘new normal’ in the grocery industry, and Tally has been instrumental to ensuring we continue to provide an exceptional store experience while rising to meet new operational challenges,” said Dave Steck, Vice President of IT Infrastructure and Application Development at Schnucks. “By deploying Tally to all stores, we are fully operationalizing these insights into our supply chain and expanding our ability to leverage real-time data to make revenue impacting decisions. Tally has become an integral component of our stores, streamlining operations and ultimately creating a better store experience for our customers and teammates.”

Building on previous successful expansions, the multi-year full-scale roll-out will bring Tally robots chain-wide across the U.S., making Schnucks allegedly the first grocer in the world to utilize AI-powered inventory management technology at scale. By incorporating Simbe’s solution into chain-wide operations, Schnucks will gain even greater visibility into store conditions, with deeper levels of business insights as the retailer prepares to adjust to the quickly evolving landscape of a post-pandemic world.

Brad Bogolea, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Simbe Robotics“Schnucks is the prime example of thoughtful adoption of retail technology, and we are honored to be their partner on this journey to create a better store experience through access to richer data,” said Brad Bogolea, Founder and CEO of Simbe Robotics. “This expansion is a momentous occasion for Simbe, Schnucks, and the broader retail technology industry. It demonstrates that robots that are thoughtfully deployed are a critically important tool for retailers to improve bottom lines, support teams, and maintain an exceptional shopping experience, both in stores and online.”

According to the release, Schnucks first piloted Tally in July of 2017 and expanded to additional stores in 2018 and 2020. Tally traverses store aisles up to three times per day and autonomously captures on-shelf data including inventory position, price accuracy, and promotional execution. Additional benefits of Tally include:

  • Detecting 14x more addressable out-of-stocks than manual scans
  • Enabled 20–30 percent reduction in out-of-stock items
  • Increased price tag and promotional execution compliance in stores across tens of thousands of products per day
  • Increased accuracy of real-time inventory integrated into Schnucks’ automated replenishment system, streamlining ordering and ensuring store shelves are restocked quicker to meet customer needs
  • Delivered access to real-time product location data through the Schnucks Rewards app, enabling more efficient shopping trips for customers, restocking and fulfillment activities for store teams, and 3rd party e-commerce partners


And if you’re worried that your younger shoppers might not take to a robot roaming the aisles, not to worry; Tally has become quite popular amongst children.

“Many of our younger customers get very excited to see Tally going up and down the aisles of our stores and seek it out when shopping with their parents,” Steck said. “A recent social media video we shared of a child’s interaction with Tally quickly went viral.”

How will retailers continue to innovate to maintain their hold in this changing landscape? Deli Market News will keep our ears open for more news to come.

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