The robotic devices, created by Pensa, ensure that shelves stay stocked and items are where they are intended to be, offering manufacturers and retailers a less expensive way to monitor inventory as well as customer activity

Whether a store associate has forgotten to restock an item or something was moved by a customer, products on store shelves are often subject to being misplaced or hard to find. A new drone, developed by Pensa, is looking to help solve this problem for retailers and manufacturers.

The Pensa drone flies around a store checking coolers and shelves, keeping track of inventory and making sure item placement matches up with the individual store’s plan. The device then sends an alert when something needs to be moved or re-stocked.

Pensa has been working with Anheuser-Busch InBev on a pilot program within retail stores. Beyond keeping shelves stocked and organized, the drones are able to collect and transmit real-time sales and inventory data back to the brewer.

Makers, such as Anheuser-Busch, receive the shelf and cooler placement they need and the retailers ensure customers can find the products they are looking for. The drone’s manufacturers believe the use of in-store devices to track customer activity could also be an alternative to the sophisticated and expensive technology operated in cashierless stores like Amazon Go.

Pensa Systems

Whether a store associate has forgotten to restock an item or something was moved by a customer, products on store shelves are often subject to being misplaced or hard to find. A new drone, developed by Pensa, is looking to help solve this problem for retailers and manufacturers.

The Pensa drone flies around a store checking coolers and shelves, keeping track of inventory and making sure item placement matches up with the individual store’s plan. The device then sends an alert when something needs to be moved or re-stocked.