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Tally, the autonomous robot
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This article was published in the January 2016 issue of STORES Magazine.

Robots refuse to be relegated to the warehouse. They’re making their way into retail stores, trolling the aisles, dogged in the quest to provide retailers with greater visibility and improved insight into the state of store merchandise.

Tally, the world’s first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution, is leading the way. The brainchild of San Francisco-based Simbe Robotics stands 38 inches tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds; cloud-based Tally helps retailers address out-of-stock items, empty shelves and other in-store inconsistencies.

The robot is designed to roam the aisles of supermarkets ensuring that shelves are fully stocked. Equipped with sensors that can capture data about shelf status, Tally reports and analyzes the state and availability of merchandise. In addition, it helps ensure compliance with the store’s planogram.

Tally takes over tasks that humans deem mundane and repetitive and performs them cheaper, more frequently and with near-perfect accuracy. It can operate safely during normal store hours, rolling along the aisles alongside shoppers and employees. And Simbe Robotics execs insist Tally requires no infrastructure changes to the store; it is built upon the open source robot operating system.

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