Giant Food Stores to roll out robot Marty across its US grocery stores
Category: #retail  By Ojaswita Kutepatil  Date: 2019-01-18
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Giant Food Stores to roll out robot Marty across its US grocery stores

Giant Food Stores has recently announced that it would be introducing Marty, a robot, to its 172 stores across the U.S. Apparently, the main purpose of Marty is to autonomously roam around the store and point out hazards for store staff to clean up. Marty would be announcing its findings via the store PA system and by also paging the employees.

President of Giant, Nick Bertram, said in a statement that the company has made Marty look more like a human, rather than just making it as a 6'3" robot. It has got googly eyes that also swing around, and it does not replace the people, as much as it replaces those task, by freeing up employees to serve customers more.

According to reports, the robot seems to have become kind of a celebrity in the stores, with people taking selfies with it and children gravitating toward it. Bertram further said that Marty could be a platform that might have more functionalities, such as scanning of shelves for out-of-stocks products, added to it.

A joint venture between the Platt Retail Institute and Northwestern University, Retail Analytics Council’s director and research fellow Steven Keith Platt, stated that this rollout is the biggest yet of a robot designed for operating in the front of a retail store while the customers are present.

For the record, Marty was launched in two Giant stores last year. Badger Technologies, which allegedly developed and runs Marty, is in charge of the rollout in 172 stores that would be taking place in the first six months of 2019.

Sources familiar with the matter cited that Giant is not the first company to deploy robotics in the store front. Walmart has also been testing automatic floor-scrubbing robots as well as expanding a test of stock-taking robot by Bossanova.



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