Bossa Nova robots are becoming a familiar sight in grocery stores across the U.S.
Walmart uses them in dozens of its stores, from Florida to California, for example. The robots roam the aisles, scanning the shelves to figure out what’s in stock or needs to be replenished, and which items may not be selling very well.
The robots work three times faster and can be up to twice as accurate as humans, according to Bossa Nova co-founder and chief business officer Martin Hitch. They also free up employees to do other more pressing work, like helping shoppers find what they need, or keeping inventory fresh.
The San Francisco start-up, which spun out from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is gearing up to bring its technology even further and wider. The company recently struck a manufacturing partnership with Flex. They’re also adapting their systems to work for a range of retailers.
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