A few years ago, robots in grocery stores would still have felt like a far-fetched notion. Nowadays, a lot can happen in a scant amount of time, meaning that Woodman’s Markets' deployment of robots is a permanent fixture of the grocery landscape.
“Woodman’s is committed to having the widest variety of groceries at the best prices, unlike other superstores that sell everything from bikes to bananas,” said Clint Woodman, President of Woodman’s Markets. “Badger’s robots are helping us fulfill this mission with real-time inventory visibilitythat yields analytics and actionable data insights to inform our business decisions.”
Partnering up with Badger Technologies, the company is deploying multipurpose robots throughout stores in Wisconsin and Illinois, with the goal to expand to all 18 Woodman’s locations by the end of 2020.
According to a press release, these robots will monitor product availability, verify prices, and deliver precise location data for more than 100,000 items at each location.
“Most Woodman’s stores are over 240,000 square feet, nearly six times larger than the grocery industry average,” said Tim Rowland, CEO of Badger Technologies. “Not only can our robots perform shelf scans in hours instead of days, but they collect and connect critical data with the Woodman’s mobile shopping app to take customer experiences to the next level.”
The robots, equipped with Badger® Retail InSight, are part of a complete retail automation solution that is enabling Woodman’s to elevate store execution, lower operational costs, and increase store profits.
Innovative imaging tools and neural networks enable the Badger Technologies’ autonomous robots to detect out-of-stock items with more than 95 percent accuracy. Incorrect and mispriced products are identified with over 90 percent accuracy. Badger Technologies autonomous robots also discern current product locations within a four-foot section of aisles that typically extend more than 100 feet.
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