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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:20 pm 
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GIANT Stores Introduce ‘Marty’ the Robot Assistant
https://wnep.com/2019/01/14/giant-store ... assistant/

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores is preparing to unleash a robot army, but don’t worry, these googly-eyed bots are here to help.

After a successful pilot program, GIANT Food Stores announced Monday that it will introduce “Marty,” a new robotic assistant, in all of its 172 stores.

The tall, gray robot will soon be working alongside its human counterparts.

“Bringing robotics and A.I. from a research lab to the sales floor has been a very exciting journey, and we were thrilled by the customer response in our pilot stores,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, GIANT Food Stores. “Our associates have worked hard to bring this innovation to life with amazing partners.”

The robot assistants will join the stores as part of a partnership between GIANT, Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, and Jabil subsidiary Badger Technologies.

The in-store robots, which move around the store unassisted, are being used to identify hazards, such as liquid, powder and bulk food-items spills and provide reporting that enables quick corrective action.

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A wide base close to the floor jutting forward and aft of a very narrow column at eye level. The widest part of that column is sideways to it's direction of travel so the narrow edge of that column is what people will see head on. Or more to the point not see just moments before they run their head smack onto it.

That's the classic glass door and sidelights held in a narrow metal frame pedestrian problem. What will happen is someone will be shopping and not be paying attention to the fact that the robot moved up behind them and stopped. They will turn around and without seeing it with a glance will move back down the aisle for something, both the robot and the person will tumble to the floor.

Slip and fall scammers and their lawyers will love them. It won't be long and the stores lawyers will tell them they have to get rid of their robots.


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Of course, some nerd will figure out another use for a robot.

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