Robots make stores Better Simpler Cheaper

Robotics driving acceleration in Better Simpler Cheaper

Walmart Bossanova Robot

Retailers are increasingly using Robotics to perform simple tasks and make the customer experience Better, Simpler, Cheaper for their customers

Walmart is using Robots from Bossanova in 50 of its USA stores to autonomously move around the aisles and, using a combination of image recognition and RFID to check inventory labels, enabling planogram compliance across the store. The robots can also read labels, detect if they are in the right position, as well as check they are showing the correct price. This is a bold move to remove tedious tasks for colleagues, replacing them to do more added value activity.

ocado warehouse

Ocado is continuing to invest in Robotics in its warehousing capability. The fleet of robots in its new  distribution site can now put together a 50 item order in 5 minutes, compared with the two hours that it previously took. The robotics have also increased the capacity fulfilling as many orders per hour as a warehouse three times the size, increase the range , reduce the waste levels to less than 1% vs industry average 4-5%.

These innovations mean that customers get a better service, it’s Simpler for colleagues and it’s Cheaper for the retailer which means they can make products cheaper for customers.

A Win-Win.

Author: Andrew Mann

Managing Partner at NorthBailey. Having had senior marketing & insight roles at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Coop and M&S, I'm now using my experience & network to solve strategic marketing problems for NorthBailey clients

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