Albert, an Ahold Delhaize local brand and one of the Czech Republic’s largest retail brands, today announced in partnership with Brain Corp and Tennant Co., that its fleet of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) deployed across its Czech Republic hypermarkets and two distribution centres have officially cleaned over 20 million square metres (215 million square feet), completing over 92,000 cleaning routes. During 2023, Albert will almost double the number of stores with robot deployments.
“Last year we put a number of autonomous scrubbers into operation and this year we plan to continue to scale up their use. Altogether, almost double the number of robots will be operating in our stores by the end of March,” said Pavel Klemera, Operations Support Manager at Albert. “Robots clean precisely, don´t skip any space and help our employees to save their effort so, they can use the time to elevate our customer´s experience.“
Having deployed its fleet of BrainOS-powered Tennant T380AMR and T7AMR autonomous scrubbers during the second half of 2022, Albert has fully automated the task of cleaning floors throughout its stores. With the combination of best-in-class equipment from Tennant and Brain Corp’s advanced AI automation platform, BrainOS, the autonomous robots are not only able to clean while safely and efficiently navigating within dynamic public retail environments, they also provide a suite of fleet management tools. These include BrainOS Mobile, which enables store managers to easily track machine operation and performance and ensure work is being carried out on schedule and to a consistently high level.
“With the current speed of evolution within the industry, the smartest retailers are increasingly acting like technology companies,” said Michel Spruijt, Chief Revenue Officer at Brain Corp. “Through their national deployment of AMRs, the team at Albert have clearly demonstrated their highly progressive approach to supporting workforces and future-proofing their store operations using the very latest innovations that technology has to offer.”
“Our partnership with Albert stores is a great example of the immediate impact a successful integration of robotic floor scrubbers can have on daily store operations. We have a keen focus on providing our customers with the very best tools, able to help them run their operations effectively and efficiently and are excited to continue working with pioneering retailers like Albert and others across the globe,” Bruno Ferraty, Sr. Manager Strategic Accounts EMEA at Tennant Co.
About Albert Czech Republic
Albert is one of the largest private employers in the Czech Republic, with 20,000 employees taking care of customers every day. Albert stores have been operating in the Czech market for more than 31 years. The first store, a supermarket in the Czech Republic under the name Mana, opened on the 6th of June 1991 in Jihlava. Albert now has more than 330 stores across the Czech Republic and can be found in every region. The retailer also offers free online shopping in major Moravian cities. To help non-profit organizations, kids in orphanages and other beneficial projects, Albert has its own Albert foundation. Each year Albert foundation donates millions of CZK to projects such as Bertík Pomáhá
About Brain Corp
Brain Corp is the global leader in robotic AI software that powers the largest fleet of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) operating in commercial public spaces. Global OEM partners use the company’s cloud-connected platform, BrainOS®, to create scalable, self-driving robots that are used by end customers to clean floors, move inventory, and sense environmental data – turning manual operations into automated workflows. Fortune 500 brands across multiple verticals benefit from the growing portfolio of BrainOS®-powered robots and our industry leading privacy, safety and efficiency tools that make managing and scaling automation easier. Brain Corp currently powers more than 26,000 AMRs, representing the largest fleet of its kind in the world.
About Tennant Company
Founded in 1870, Tennant Company (TNC), headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of solutions that help create a cleaner, safer and healthier world. Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; and cleaning tools and supplies. Tennant’s global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant Company had sales of $1.09 billion in 2021 and has approximately 4,250 employees. Tennant has manufacturing operations throughout the world and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.tennantco.com and www.ipcworldwide.com. The Tennant Company logo and other trademarks designated with the symbol “®” are trademarks of Tennant Company registered in the United States and/or other countries.