In Brief

Giant Food Stores launched a robot called Marty, which can relieve human employees of tasks such as monitoring the store for safety hazards like spills or keeping track of shelf stock, letting associates engage in more meaningful work

In a grocery store, spills and the slipping hazard they create are very common and can often go unnoticed. Thanks to a robot named Marty, employees of Giant Food Stores will quickly be told about the spills so they can be cleaned up quickly.

Marty was created by a robotics company called Badger Technologies. In addition to warning employees about spills, the robot can also identify and replace out-of-stock items. Giant also made the decision to give Marty googly eyes to help create a personality. Giant president, Nick Bertram explained the robot was given eyes to, “[make] it a bit more fun. Not hide it, but celebrate the fact that there’s a robot.”

While Marty can perform multiple tasks including inventory management and compliance issues, Giant will initially only use the robot to identify store hazards. All of Giant’s 172 stores will have their own Marty by the middle part of next year.

Giant Food Stores

In a grocery store, spills and the slipping hazard they create are very common and can often go unnoticed. Thanks to a robot named Marty, employees of Giant Food Stores will quickly be told about the spills so they can be cleaned up quickly.

Marty was created by a robotics company called Badger Technologies. In addition to warning employees about spills, the robot can also identify and replace out-of-stock items. Giant also made the decision to give Marty googly eyes to help create a personality. Giant president, Nick Bertram explained the robot was given eyes to, “[make] it a bit more fun. Not hide it, but celebrate the fact that there’s a robot.”