SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A year after introducing Simbe Robotics’ autonomous inventory robot Tally to their Dubai’s Mall of Emirates store, Majid Al futtaim, owner and operator of Carrefour in the UAE, announced it is launching the technology in an additional 11 stores to ensure items are on shelves, inform better restocking and replenishment systems, and support its growing online grocery business.
Carrefour first launched Simbe’s Tally robot in September 2019, utilizing its real-time product availability, placement, and pricing data to ensure shelves are stocked and planograms correctly executed. The robot traverses the store three times per day and reports this data back to the store teams. Building upon this successful partnership, Carrefour is expanding Tally to an additional 11 stores to ensure more locations have access to this inventory data, particularly as the retailer grows its online grocery offering and works to fortify its supply chain.
“Through this expansion, the Carrefour team is investing in innovation, prioritizing better data and a more fulfilling customer experience,” said Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe Robotics. “With Tally, they’ve significantly reduced out-of-stocks and helped ensure shoppers are finding what they’re looking for, even amid pandemic shortages, which leads to happy customers and improves the bottom line.”
This news comes during a year of growth for Simbe Robotics, having recently announced the roll-out of their next-generation hardware, Tally 3.0. Tally is deployed in more than a dozen of the top 250 global retailers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
A globally recognized top three consulting firm conducted an independent and extensive study within a leading regional grocery partner, which proved that Tally:
- Detects up to 10x more out-of-stock items than manual audits conducted by store teams
- Averages a 20% reduction in out-of-stock items at the store level
- Pays for itself as quickly as the first month of deployment at a store
- Yield more than 2% in annual sales lift due to better data and improved store execution
Carrefour was launched in the region in 1995 by UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim, which is the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in over 30 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and fully owns the operations in the region. Today, Majid Al Futtaim operates over 350 Carrefour stores in 17 countries, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 colleagues.
Carrefour operates different store formats, as well as multiple online offerings to meet the growing needs of its diversified customer base. In line with the brand’s commitment to provide the widest range of quality products and value for money, Carrefour offers an unrivalled choice of more than 500,000 food and non-food products, and a locally inspired exemplary customer experience to create great moments for everyone every day. Across Carrefour’s stores, Majid Al Futtaim sources over 80% of the products offered from the region, making it a key enabler in supporting local producers, suppliers, families and economies.
About Majid Al Futtaim
Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 17 international markets, employing more than 43,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.
Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and five community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in over 30 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 350 outlets and an online store.
Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens as well as a portfolio of world-class leisure and entertainment experiences across the region including Ski Dubai, Ski Egypt, Dreamscape, Magic Planet, Little Explorers and iFLY Dubai. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', and a Fashion, Home and Specialty retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde, LEGO and THAT, a Majid Al Futtaim fashion concept store and app. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management.
About Simbe Robotics
Simbe Robotics is the global leader in automation solutions that give retailers unprecedented visibility and insight into the state of their store environments, while improving inventory and operational challenges. Simbe is a privately held, venture-backed company headquartered in San Francisco, CA and works with major worldwide retailers and brands across the US, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.simberobotics.com or follow the company at @simberobotics.