Hy-Vee Employs Robots to Roam Store Aisles

The Midwest grocer will use Tally to monitor its shelves for inventory and product placement.

September 28, 2021

Hy Vee Tally Robot

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—Hy-Vee has employed robots to help with inventory at its stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, according to a press release. The grocer has teamed up with Simbe to use Tally, an autonomous inventory management and retail intelligence solution.

According to the release, Tally scans tens of thousands of products up to three times a day, checking to make sure products are in stock and in the correct place. Tally rolls around during regular business hours but is designed by Simbe to be discreet and safely move around people in the store.

“Hy-Vee has a strong reputation for excellent customer service and an employee-first culture,” said Luke Tingley, senior vice president and chief information officer at Hy-Vee. “By employing Tally, we can continue providing that excellent service by reducing out of stocks and empowering our store teams with real-time insights to ensure the best customer experience across the board.”

Tally robots are currently in Hy-Vee stores in Ankeny, Iowa, and Lincoln, Neb., and will be rolling out to locations in Lee's Summit, Mo., Omaha and Altoona, Iowa, in the coming weeks.

Schnuck Markets, the Midwest grocer with 111 stores in five states, said also deployed Tally in all locations to monitor fresh and refrigerated products. NACS Daily reported on how the power of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data is proliferating as consumers quickly shift from in-store shopping to e-commerce, and shoppers expect retailers to adopt the technology that gives them a personalized, frictionless experience.

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