Badger Technologies' Marty robot was initially rolled out at Stop & Shop stores back in January 2019.
Stop & Shop and retail automation providerBadger Technologies have teamed up to expand the Ahold Delhaize USA banner’s use of Marty the Robot at more than 300 Stop & Shop stores across the grocer’s Northeast footprint. Marty now does product checks to help ensure greater on-shelf availability for customers by alerting store associates when items need to be restocked. As well as flagging out-of-stocks, the multipurpose autonomous robot now detects misplaced items while continuing its usual tasks of finding potential floor hazards and spills. The solution was initially rolled out at Stop & Shop stores back in January 2019.
“Marty has delivered tremendous value for us already in terms of creating a safer in-store environment, and we’re excited to announce these new automated shelf-scanning capabilities, which will deliver even more value for customers and associates,” noted Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid. “With Marty’s new ability to find and fix on-shelf product availability and to confirm pricing information, associates can spend even more time with shoppers.”
The robot is also supporting Stop & Shop’s Feed it Forward community initiatives. For instance, Marty recently visited a young boy recovering from cancer as part of the grocer’s fundraising efforts, and the robot will additionally be involved in Stop & Shop’s hunger, military and breast cancer initiatives. On Sept. 22, Marty, Stop & Shop, and the Boston Red Sox will appear at Fenway Park to mark Hunger Action Month.
“Over the years, Stop & Shop has done a great job of communicating the robot’s purpose, and Marty has gained a loyal following among shoppers and community members of all ages,” said William “BJ” Santiago, CEO of Nicholasville, Ky.-based Badger Technologies, a product division of Jabil. “The addition of inventory, pricing and trend data with the introduction of this upgraded Marty reinforces Stop & Shop’s continuing dedication to improving storewide efficiencies while creating long-lasting value for customers.”
The updated Marty uses computer-vision technology, AI-driven business intelligence and cloud-based analytics to enhance the shopping experience. Real-time inventory tracking allows Stop & Shop to make restocking and price corrections quickly. Marty also continues to monitor floor conditions and help lower the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. Thanks to its multiple sensors, Marty can navigate store aisles without getting in shoppers’ way.