Exclusive Interview: Schnucks' VP of IT Infrastructure on Rolling Out Robots Chainwide
Benefits of Tally
- Detecting 14x more addressable out-of-stocks than manual scans
- Enabled 20-30% reduction in out-of-stock items
- Increased price tag and promotional execution compliance in stores
- Increased accuracy of real-time inventory integrated into Schnucks’ automated replenishment system and streamlining ordering.
“Having [Tally] for all of the stores is just a huge factor for us because there's a lot of things that we can do when you get into data and analytics to try to understand what's really going on in the store,” says Steck. “Having that for all stores just makes that even more powerful for us.”
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When asked his advice to other retailers looking at implementing automation solutions, he notes “there's a lot of skepticism on whether or not robotics plays in the space.”
“The skepticism is based on really false information. If you really take a critical eye to your store operations, you may find things that you didn't know were there.”
He continues, “if you look at the procedure and the processes that were put in place for how to manage inventory, you find all sorts of flaws in it. And what you believe to be true is way off base and that's where we found that Tally was anywhere from four-times to 15-times more accurate than what was being done manually.