US retail chain, BJ’s Wholesale Club has partnered with Simbe to roll out AI-powered inventory robots across its stores nationwide.
The “Tally” robot autonomously roams club aisles multiple times per day, using computer vision technology to collect shelf data and ensure products are in-stock, shelved appropriately, and accurately priced.
BJ, which operates 237 membership warehouse clubs, said in a statement that Tally will provide greater visibility into club conditions and deeper business insights, making operations more efficient.
Workers, for example, will be able to use the technology to direct them to products more quickly, resulting in faster restocking. Another benefit is the ability to virtually review data captured by Tally to ensure products are being merchandised in the most optimal way.
“By deploying Tally in all of our club locations, we will gain unprecedented insights which will leverage real-time data, enabling us to continuously improve our operation and ensure that we’re offering the best possible experience to both our team members and members,” said Jeff Desroches, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club.
Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe, added: “Our team has partnered with BJ’s to refine our computer vision technology to accommodate the unique layout and product assortment in a warehouse club. By leveraging Tally to automate inventory tracking, BJ’s will gain transformative visibility that will inform decisions, improve operations, and provide even greater value to members.”