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SpartanNash predicts product demand with advanced analytics

SpartanNash is streamlining in-store inventory management.

SpartanNash is providing associates with a real-time, comprehensive view of in-store stock.

The grocery retailer/distributor is expanding its use of the Upshop Magic inventory and replenishment optimization application in an effort to consolidate its ordering systems, maintain accurate planograms, and assist with merchandising reset planning in both the center store and the produce department.

In addition, SpartanNash is using the system to maximize store assortments for customers, while at the same time reducing waste. The Magic application is specifically designed for the grocery industry and assists retailers with tasks such as reviewing seasonal trends, promotional activity, display allocation, and analyzing real-time sales data.

“At SpartanNash, we're prioritizing technology to enhance our associate and store customer experience," said SpartanNash executive VP, corporate retail Tom Swanson. "By leveraging advanced analytics to predict product demand, our Associates can spend less time checking inventory and more time face-to-face helping serve our shoppers."

"As a leader in forecast and ordering solutions, Upshop is excited to partner with innovative grocery retailers such as SpartanNash to offer the tools they need to optimize their inventory to meet total store demand," said Upshop CEO Shamus Hines. "We're confident this expanded solution will provide an exceptional shopping experience for store guests by ensuring shelves are always stocked with delicious, fresh options."

SpartanNash tracks store inventory with AI -based robots

In other AI-related inventory management developments, SpartanNash is moving beyond pilot stage in its use of an autonomous inventory robot solution. The company is rolling out the Simbe Robotics Tally AI-based robotic solution across 15 stores in Michigan and Indiana. This move comes following a successful pilot in select D&W Fresh Market stores.

SpartanNash is now implementing the robots in additional Family Fare and Martin's Super Market stores. The retailer intends to leverage the real-time data intelligence that Tally provides to helps ensure customers’ desired items stay fresh and are adequately stocked and priced competitively.

Tally traverses store aisles throughout the day, leveraging 3D computer vision technology to collect shelf data. It can capture 15,000 to 30,000 products an hour.

The core businesses of SpartanNash include distributing grocery products to independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores, and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges. The company also operates a fresh produce distribution network and the Our Family brand. SpartanNash serves customer locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Djibouti. The company owns 145 supermarkets—primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets, D&W Fresh Market, VG's Grocery, and Dan's Supermarket.

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