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01/28/2022

Sam’s Club Is Giving Its Autonomous Floor Scrubbers Another Job

A new scanning accessory will be fitted to the almost 600 autonomous floor scrubbers already deployed within Sam’s Club stores nationwide.
Jamie Grill-Goodman
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Sam’s Club is adding Inventory Scan capabilities to its existing fleet of robotic scrubbers in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant Company.

The chainwide rollout marks the largest and fastest technology deployment undertaken by Brain Corp, an artificial intelligence (AI) company creating core technology in robotics, and the first commercial application of its inventory scanning technology.

"Sam’s Club is hyper focused on making sure our members have a seamless shopping experience, so any time-saving innovation we can implement is significant," said Todd Garner, VP of in club product management at Sam’s Club. "By adding Inventory Scan to our current fleet of robotic scrubbers, we obtain critical inventory data that previously was time consuming to obtain.

"This intelligence allows us to proactively manage our clubs in an efficient manner. Inventory Scan assures items are available and easy to locate in the club, freeing up time for our associates to focus on members and the shopping experience they deserve."

Utilizing a dual function design, the new scanning accessory will be fitted to the almost 600 autonomous floor scrubbers already deployed within Sam’s Club stores nationwide. These towers are powered by Brain Corp’s AI operating system, BrainOS, and manufactured by Tennant Company.

Once installed on the scrubber, the new, cloud-connected Inventory Scan tower is able to capture data as it moves autonomously around the club. Reports are then delivered to the club managers that provide numerous insights including: verification of pricing accuracy, planogram compliance, product stock levels and product localization. Each function negates the need for time consuming and manual processes, reducing waste and inventory loss.

"This latest iteration of our valued and longstanding partnership with Sam’s Club marks the beginning of realizing the next phase in our company's vision," said Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, CEO of Brain Corp. "We are actively taking BrainOS-powered robots from primarily task-oriented machines, to in-store data acquisition platforms, able to deliver actionable insights on inventory availability, planogram compliance and more. This adds significant ROI for retailers."