work of the associates,
but he can report out
information and data to
us that is a value.”
—Patrick Maturo, Manager of Store
Optimization, Ahold USA
Meet Marty, Ahold’s Roving Robot
While several retailers are adding robots to monitor store conditions
and assist with other operational functions, Marty has been roaming
the aisles of Ahold USA’s stores as part of a pilot test by the Carlisle,
Pa.-based division, which includes Giant, Martin’s and Stop & Shop.
While Marty’s primary duties include scanning the floors for slip
hazards, he’s also equipped to detect out-of-stocks and conduct
price checks. Beginning his multiple meanders daily throughout the
store in the beer and wine cafe, Marty then makes his way through
the produce and meat departments prior to roving the remainder
of the store. The o;spring of Badger Technologies, Marty’s sensors
assure that he doesn’t bump into displays—or shoppers—while his
internal cameras provide him with a nearly full scan of an entire aisle.
Ahold USA envisions expanding the test with as many as a dozen
robots in 2018.
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