Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 55 unmanned systems inside December 2017/January 2018 in the afternoon to address any holes, and then again in the evening to help provide stockers with better insights into what areas they need to focus on before they start their shift. For the team at Schnuck Markets, the pilot test showed them how accurately Tally could read their tags and deter- mine if something was out of stock or priced incorrectly. In the next phase, they want to focus on the interface and quickly delivering the information to store associates so they can take action, which might mean checking the back room for the missing product, ordering the item if need be and, if it is indeed out of stock, determining why. The grocer does intend to deploy the robots in other stores, but Steck doesn't know if that means all 100 stores or just certain ones. No matter how many Schnuck stores Tally finds a home in, Steck knows they have the right infra- structure in place for the system to work (which he said is critical for other retail- ers considering implementing a system like Tally). One of the biggest chal- lenges is making sure the store's design doesn't hold the system back. In one of his stores, for example, someone had to open a door so Tally could make its rounds and then come back to its power source. Having the right design is key to enabling these systems to do their jobs without any human interaction. " This is collecting an immense amount of data about the store and shelf conditions, and the analy tics we've derived mirrors some of the data we already have, which becomes very powerful as well," Steck said. "From an industry perspective, I think other retailers are going to recognize this. It's already starting to grow. But retailers who don't have the right infrastructure are going to struggle to keep up." BEVMO! Earlier this year, BevMo!, a beverage store in California, implemented a robot from Fellow Robots into one of its stores. The system performs inven- tory management duties but also has another function: interacting with customers. Teaching the robot to navigate the store was a bit of a challenge (it wan-

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