Tally is the name of a robot going online at up to 15 area Schnucks.

(Simbe Robotics)

Schnucks Rolls Out More Aisle-Roaming Robots

Soon at least 15 area Schnucks will have the robots checking stock.

October 30, 2018 - 8:08 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If you're shopping at an area Schnucks you may notice something new, starting Tuesday.

It's a robot nicknamed "Tally" and it resembles a 6-foot-tall Roomba toddling up and down the aisles. 

Schnucks spokesperson Bob Hardester says what Tally's doing is taking high-resolution photos of items stocked on the shelves and relaying information in real time to the store's employees. It's checking the barcodes to double check the correct prices are always displayed and it's watching out for products that are out of place. 

Morgan Denis with Simbe Robotics, the creators of Tally, say it doesn't speak or interact with the customers. But it does have a pair of blinking eyes, which Denis says give it the ability maneuver around people in the store. 

Hardester says Tally isn't replacing any human workers, but by performing what they consider "mundane tasks" is allowing those store employees to help with things like customer service. 

Tally will traverse the entire store three times a day and then park itself in a dock to reenergize. 

Soon at least 15 area Schnucks will have the robots roaming the aisles. Many of those converted Shop 'n Saves which are expected to garner a lot more business and thus see their shelves empty faster.

Three St. Louis area Schnucks (Kirkwood, Richmond Center and Woods Mill) stores were part of the the testing, last July.