The Globe and Mail
California-based Simbe Robotics recently introduced its Tally robot, the world’s first fully autonomous stock-keeping robot. Able to operate for between eight and twelve hours on a single charge, Tally robots patrol the aisles of grocery stores visually checking and recording up to twenty thousand products at a shot, and they do so with near-perfect accuracy. They then relay this information to store management for action or correction. The robots can detect even the subtlest shelving errors or out of stocks. According to Mirza Shah, Simbe’s chief technology officer, companies such as CVS or Walgreens would have to dedicate between twenty-five and forty staffing-hours per week to accomplish the same amount of work as Tally, but even then, humans would complete it with far less accuracy.
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