Hy-Vee is piloting an autonomous robot at five of its stores, including Ankeny and Altoona.
Why it matters: You may run into Tally while grabbing groceries. (Don't worry, it's polite.)
How it works: Tally scans store aisles two to four times a day, capturing high-quality images of shelves.
- Those images go through an algorithm software that notifies Hy-Vee about low inventory, misplaced products or mispriced items.
- If Tally sees a customer in the aisle, it'll loiter and wait for its turn. If the aisle is busy, Tally will move on.
- When it's done, the robot docks itself at a charging station, similar to a Roomba.
Between the lines: The information Tally gathers helps stores more accurately forecast sales and cuts labor spent tracking inventory, said Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe Robotics, which produces the robot.
💭 Our thought bubble: It gives a whole new meaning to a helpful smile in every aisle.
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