SpartanNash rolling out inventory robots in 60 more stores

SpartanNash is increasing its use of inventory robots.

SpartanNash is continuing to expand its use of an autonomous inventory robot solution.

The grocery retailer/distributor is implementing the Simbe Tally autonomous inventory robot in 60 additional company-operated stores across the Midwest. 

This deployment follows a rollout of the robotic solution across 15 stores in Michigan and Indiana, as well as an initial pilot in select D&W Fresh Market stores. SpartanNash 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.

SpartanNash is also attempting to streamline in-store inventory management by 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.

Leveraging Upshop Magic, the retailer provides associates with a real-time, comprehensive view of in-store stock. In addition, SpartanNash is using the system to maximize store assortments for customers, while at the same time reducing waste.

"We first piloted Tally in 15 stores, and the success of that launch motivated us to expand Tally across more locations to help Associates save time in inventory tracking and spend more time on the floor serving our store guests," said SpartanNash executive VP, corporate retail Tom Swanson. "The real-time data intelligence Tally provides helps ensure our store guests' favorite items always stay fresh, are adequately stocked and priced competitively, helping us deliver the ingredients for a better life."

"We're always impressed with how SpartanNash embraces innovative technologies," said Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe. "In retail's fast-paced environment, every data point matters. The expansion of our solution is a testament to their relentless focus on strengthening operations, supporting Associates, and delivering an optimal shopping experience. Working with the SpartanNash team is incredibly rewarding, and we can't wait to see the partnership grow from here."    

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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