A slender robot named Tally soon will be roaming the aisles at select Schnucks groceries, on the lookout for out-of-stock items and verifying prices.
Tally doesn’t have limbs but has two blinking eyes on a digital screen to make the robot appear friendly. Its base is 38 inches tall and an extension can make it stretch taller to scan out-of-reach shelves with cameras atop a circular base that resembles a Roomba vacuum.
Maryland Heights-based Schnuck Markets, which operates 100 stores in five states, on Monday will begin testing its first Tally at its store in Richmond Heights. The pilot test is expected to last six weeks. A second Tally will appear in coming weeks at Schnucks stores in Town and Country and in Kirkwood.
The robots are the first test of the technology in Missouri and could ultimately be expanded to more Schnucks stores.
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