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St. Louis area grocery chain adds more inventory robots

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A leading grocer in the St. Louis area is expanding its partnership with a San Francisco robotics company to place more retail inventory robots into its grocery aisles.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Schnuck Markets is working with the firm Simbe Robotics to roll out the aisle-scanning robots, known as Tally, at four more stores in the next month. Schnucks officials began operating the Tally robots several months ago in Ballwin, Des Peres, Webster Groves and Chesterfield.

The robots will continue working at those stores, in addition to their new presence in Granite City, Twin Oaks, Florissant and Spanish Lake.

The robot moves on a Roomba-looking base while using cameras and sensors to perform inventory checks. The Tally can alert employees when an item needs restocking or if price tags don’t match advertisements.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.co