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Technologies, Save Mart is pleased once again to lead
the way in customer service and innovation."
Starship's robots have completed over 500,000
autonomous deliveries and crossed more than five
million streets. The robots move at pedestrian speed
and use a combination of machine learning, artificial
intelligence and sensors to travel on sidewalks and
navigate around obstacles.
Computer vision-based navigation helps the robots
map their environment to the nearest inch, and the
robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night
and operate in both rain and snow. A team of humans
can also monitor their progress remotely and can take
control at a moment's notice.
"With the onset of the pandemic, our service became
increasingly important to thousands of residents in
communities across the US," said Ryan Tuohy, senior
vice president of business development at Starship
Technologies. "Working together with The Save Mart
Companies, we are able to provide a safe, convenient
and well-priced delivery option for tens of thousands of
residents."

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solutions include
autonomous floor
care machines
that can detect
spills and scrub
the floors in the
retail environment
and more.

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Solutions for the retail floor: scanning and
cleaning technology
When shoppers walk into their grocery store, they want
to be able to find the items they came for, said Brad Bogolea, CEO of San Francisco-based Simbe Robotics. "We
live in a world where consumers expect almost instant
gratification. When we go into the store, we want what
we're looking for to be on the shelf."
After COVID-19 hit in March and April, supermarket
shelves quickly began emptying, and highlighted the
relevance of staying on top of what inventory is on the
shelves, what's in the stock room, and what's out of stock
completely, noted Tim Rowland, CEO of Nicholasville,
Ky.-based Badger Technologies.
Both Simbe Robotics and Badger Technologies offer
solutions to help prevent those out-of-stocks from
occurring, along with a host of other integrated solutions
that help make the retail environment run efficiently.
Simbe's robot Tally is designed to be ready to patrol
the store and start scanning shelves on day one. The
autonomous robot uses 2D and 3D imaging to scan
products on the shelves noting which items are out of
stock, which items have incorrect pricing, and ensuring
that products are where they are supposed to be on the
shelves.
On average, Tally does a full run-through of the store
floor three times a day, updating data and insights into
a cloud-based system easy for employees to access.
When an item is out of stock on the shelf the robot can
be programmed to know if there is more stock of that
item in storage. If there is, Tally can notify the retailer

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The items are then available for easy picking on a
fast-pick racetrack that packs items into temperaturecontrolled tubs equipped with bags for an employee to
pack. Products are usually only touched once by human
hands, and they are held in a temperature controlled
environment until ready for pick or delivery. Avallone
said that typically employees only have to go to the store
floor to grab items about 3% of the time.
"It's a low-cost solution that usually runs for $3-4
million and can handle $30-40 billion in sales,"
Avallone said. "For the first time grocers can look at
this automated solution and say I can spend less and
potentially have a higher return on investment, which is
groundbreaking for eGrocery."
San Francisco-based Starship Technologies recently
teamed up with Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart
Companies to bring automated grocery delivery robots
to deliver online orders to customers.
The self-driving robots, each of which can carry up
to 20-pounds of groceries - the equivalent of about
three shopping bags - and can travel up to four miles
roundtrip, provide a safe, low-cost and contactless
delivery alternative for Save Mart shoppers, allowing
them to order from thousands of items via the Starship
app platform for on-demand delivery straight to
their home.
"We continually seek new ways to serve our
communities and offer solutions for efficient, safe and
healthy grocery shopping," said Robert Cady, senior
director of marketing strategy and analytics for Save
Mart Companies. "Through our partnership with Starship


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