Simbe’s solution consists of one or more mobile robots that roam the store to capture, report and analyze the state and availability of merchandise and help ensure compliance with a product category’s planogram. The robots audit shelves for out-of-stock items, low-stock items, misplaced items and pricing errors. The idea is to automate the most mundane, repetitive tasks in retail execution.
Tally, which looks like a thin, vertical stereo speaker, stands 38 inches tall, weighs 30 pounds, and has an adjustable and modular mast of sensors for capturing shelf data. The overall height is variable, depending on the height of the shelves.
Incredibly, Tally is designed to operate safely during normal store hours, alongside shoppers and employees, by moving out of the way of foot traffic. Simbe CEO and founder Brad Bogolea told me that Tally is being tested by several mass-market retailers.
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