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Sam’s Club Adds Inventory Scanning to Robot Floor Cleaners

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January 27, 2022

Sam’s Club, the membership warehouse club division of Walmart, has announced a national, chain-wide rollout of an inventory scanning feature to its existing fleet of robotic scrubbers. The deployment is in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant Company, which recently launched its Inventory Scan attachment option.

With the dual function design, the scanning accessory will be fitted to almost 600 autonomous floor scrubbers that are being used in Sam’s Club stores nationwide. The towers are powered by Brain’s BrainOS, and manufactured by Tennant, combining autonomy with ease of use. Once installed, the cloud-connected Inventory Scan tower captures data as it moves around the store autonomously. Reports are then delivered to managers that provide insights, including verification of pricing accuracy, planogram compliance, product stock levels and product localization. Brain said that each function negates the need for time-consuming and manual processes, reducing waste and inventory loss.

“Sam’s Club is hyper-focused on making sure our members have a seamless shopping experience, so any time-saving innovation we can implement is significant,” said Todd Garner, vice president of In Club Product Management at Sam’s Club. “By adding Inventory Scan to our current fleet of robotic scrubbers, we obtain critical inventory data that previously was time consuming to obtain. This intelligence allows us to proactively manage our clubs in an efficient manner. Inventory Scan assures items are available and easy to locate in the club, freeing up time for our associates to focus on members and the shopping experience they deserve.”

“The latest iteration of our valued and longstanding partnership with Sam’s Club marks the beginning of realizing the next phase in our company’s vision,” said Eugene Izhikevich, CEO of Brain Corp. “We are actively taking BrainOS-powered robots from primarily task-oriented machines, to in-store data acquisition platforms, able to deliver actionable insights on inventory availability, planogram compliance and more. This adds significant ROI for retailers.”

For more  information on the Inventory Scan technology, visit the Brain website here.


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