Platform Updates Include a Best-in-Class Optical System and Enhanced Data Processing Functions, Solidifying Simbe’s Industry Leadership
Simbe Robotics, Inc., the company leveraging robotics and AI to provide retailers with real-time insights into inventory and operations, announced the launch of Tally 3.0 – the latest design iteration of its autonomous retail robot, Tally. Simbe’s unique, human-centered approach to design has set Tally apart from competitors since its initial debut in 2015. With enhancements to the robot’s optical system, greater durability and maneuverability to ensure cost-effective top performance, and the introduction of an embedded data processor, Tally 3.0 continues to lead the pack and remains the most innovative, efficient retail robot on the market.
“At Simbe, our ongoing commitment to best-in-class design and unparalleled data accuracy has empowered our partners with the real-time shelf insights they need to protect their bottom line and competitively serve customers in a rapidly evolving retail landscape,” said Brad Bogolea, Simbe’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to announce Tally 3.0 and unveil an even-better autonomous solution to the most common problem plaguing the retail industry – inventory management.”
Best In-Class Optical System for Superior Sensing Capabilities
Simbe’s multi-pronged approach to enhanced optics combines new autofocus capabilities with more cutting-edge sensors that improve depth perception, enabling Tally to efficiently analyze inventory in every aspect of the retail environment. Simbe strategically added height to Tally’s slender base, making room for additional Intel RealSense depth and RGB cameras to ‘see’ more products on shelf – including top shelf overstock items. Tally’s new, autofocus optical system accurately captures shelf tags and reads data from up to 30 inches away, enhancing the robot’s recognition accuracy to nearly 99% and allowing it to do its job without slowing its traversal speed. These thoughtful additions to Tally’s design enable the robot to precisely capture inventory data from any store fixture or variable shelving unit, from products on standard shelving to items stacked in coolers in the freezer aisles.
Optimal Engineering for Cost-Effectiveness and Long-Term Performance
Additionally, Simbe has leveraged the newest mobile technology to create a more cost-effective and resilient Tally robot with the same compact, slim form. Designed for long-term performance with minimal maintenance, Tally is now five times as resilient, increasing Tally’s lifetime traversal capabilities to more than 5,000 miles per robot – and at an aggressively lower cost to scale.
Enhanced Computing Platform With Hybrid Data Processing
As Tally traverses store aisles and captures real-time shelf data, the inventory information is then sent to Simbe’s proprietary, secure cloud platform that enables store teams to stitch together high-definition 3D images of the store shelves. Tally 3.0 features an embedded data processor with a graphical processing unit, allowing the next iteration of Tally to be even more efficient by running its deep computer vision algorithms on the edge. This additional processing capability and unique hybrid approach improves the efficiency of Tally’s data capture, providing Simbe’s customers with shelf information more quickly and seamlessly, as well as helps minimize the costs of capturing and uploading the robot’s data to retailers’ back-end systems.
Category Leadership, Proven Track Record
Simbe’s team of retail experts, data scientists, world-class robotics engineers and industrial designers have propelled the company to the forefront of the robotics industry as the leading data-driven inventory solution for retailers. Using a unique combination of RFID scanning technology, computer vision, and AI-powered analysis, Tally provides actionable, e-commerce level insights to physical retailers, solving for the $1.75 trillion “ghost economy” defined by out-of-stock items, accurate price execution, and lack of product location optimization industry-wide.
“Our long-standing partnership with Simbe has brought immense value to Schnuck Markets, from its immediate impact on store teams and daily operations to strategic business planning and forecasting at the corporate level,” said Dave Steck, vice president of IT infrastructure and application development at Schnucks. “The information Tally collects enables better decision making up the entire grocery supply chain and offers our store teams a power tool that supports their work flow and increases efficiency. We’re thrilled to continue our work with Simbe to build a world-class retail experience for our customers and partners.”
Tally has been deployed in more than a dozen of the top 250 global retailers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Through work with retail partners including Carrefour, Decathlon Sporting Goods, Groupe Casino, Giant Eagle, and Schnuck Markets, Simbe is building one of the most valuable datasets in the retail ecosystem. A globally recognized top three consulting firm conducted an independent, extensive study within a leading regional grocery partner, which proved that Tally:
Detects up to 10x more out-of-stock items than manual audits conducted by store teams
Averages a 20% reduction in out-of-stock items at the store level
Pays for itself as quickly as the first month of deployment at a store
70% or more in labor savings for manual shelf audit-related tasks providing critical boosts in productivity in other areas (restocking, customer service, online grocery order picking)
$5-10 of increased margin contribution for each missing/incorrect price tag identified and corrected, driven by improved pricing / promotional execution at the store level.
Yield more than 2% in annual sales lift due to better data and improved store execution