Sam's Club, a division of Walmart Inc., today announced the completion of a national, chain-wide roll out of 'Inventory Scan' towers that have been added to their existing fleet of robotic scrubbers. Sam’s Club partnered with San Diego, Calif-based Brain Corp for the rollout.
The new scanning accessory has been fitted to the almost 600 autonomous floor scrubbers already deployed within Sam's Clubs nationwide. The towers are powered by Brain Corp's AI operating system, BrainOS.
Rollout started at the beginning of 2022
The chain-wide rollout of almost 600 Inventory Scan towers was initiated in late January 2022.
“The speed and efficiency of the deployment of this next generation retail technology with Sam's Club is a testament to the strength of our team,” said David Pinn, CEO at Brain Corp. “Through the use of Inventory Scan, Sam's Clubs across the country are able to access a trove of critical inventory data in real time, which they can use to better inform decision making, run their clubs more efficiently and provide a better in-club experience for their members.”
Once installed on the scrubber, the cloud-connected Inventory Scan tower captures data as it moves autonomously around the club.
As functionality is deployed, insights such as product localization, planogram compliance, product stock levels, and verification of pricing accuracy will be delivered to the club.
Each function negates the need for time-consuming and potentially inaccurate manual processes that can impact product availability, member experience, or create waste caused by inaccurate ordering, according to Sam’s Club.
“Our initial goal at Sam's Club was to convert time historically spent on scrubbers to more member-focused activities. Our autonomous scrubbers have exceeded this goal. In addition to increasing the consistency and frequency of floor cleaning, intelligent scrubbers have empowered associates with critical insights,” said Todd Garner, vice President, In-Club Product Management. “At Sam's Club, we have a member-obsessed culture. These scrubbers help associates ensure products are out for sale, priced correctly and findable, ultimately making it easier to directly engage with our members.”
Global OEM partners use Brain Corp.’s cloud-connected platform, BrainOS, to create scalable, self-driving robots that are used by end customers to clean floors, move inventory, and sense environmental data - turning manual operations into automated workflows. The company said it powers more than 20,000 AMRs around the world.
Sam’s Club has nearly 600 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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