BJ’S Wholesale has announced plans to roll out a robot at its locations nationwide.
The Member Warehouse Club said it will place “Tally,” an AI robot from Simbe Robotics, in each of its 237 stores.
According to BJ, the robot will digitally keep an eye on aisles and shelves to make sure everything is working efficiently.
“Tally autonomously roams the club aisles several times a day, using computer vision technology to collect high-precision shelf data that ensures products are in stock, appropriately on shelves and with accurate prices,” the press release explained.
According to Jeff Desroches, Executive Vice President and COO at BJ’s, the data collected by Tally is critical to the company providing the best possible shopping experience.
“By deploying Tally across all of our club locations, we will gain unprecedented insights that leverage real-time data, allowing us to continually improve our operations and ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for both our team members and our members. ” he said.
MORE ON TALLY
The tally robots used at BJ’s are approximately 38 inches tall, but their height can be adjusted to suit the needs of the store.
They feature an LED screen that can scan shelves and aisles throughout the store and collect real-time data.
Simbe also advertises Tally’s “compact, sleek design and coy, polite mannerisms” on his website.
“Tally integrates seamlessly into demanding retail environments such as tight, crowded spaces and aisles,” said Simbe.
SAVE MORE CHANGES
Walmart has also announced major changes.
The retail giant is expanding its new Store of The Future format.
These tech-heavy locations will feature more interactive elements, including “activated corners,” which Walmart says will draw in customers and help them “touch, feel, and be a part of the space.”
The stores will also contain more digital touchpoints where customers can learn more about the items in the store.
Walmart is also expanding its business with Walmart Health Centers.
The health centers, which provide affordable health care for the insured and the uninsured, will expand from 32 to over 100 locations by 2024.
Walmart has announced which markets will get new health centers in the first quarter of 2024.
- 10 locations in the greater Dallas area
- Eight locations in the greater Houston area
- Six locations in the greater Phoenix area
- Four locations in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area
As Walmart expands its new store layout at Walmart Health Centers, the company has also closed underperforming locations across the country.
Most recently, Walmart announced that it would be closing its last two locations in Portland, Oregon.
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https://www.the-sun.com/money/7646562/store-ai-robot-change/ A popular retailer is making big changes in hundreds of stores – and shoppers will notice it in the aisles