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Some employees complain Tally is the source of many an afternoon traffic jam in the stores, blocking the way of workers trying to stock shelves. But that’s a problem the company appears willing to accept, talking instead about the growth of the robot program. Right now, Tallys are in 15 stores, and Schnucks is working to determine how much efficiency is being gained from having the robots. They don’t have numbers yet, but are convinced the program is delivering on its promise. “I’m confident we’ll see an improvement in in stock position in those stores,” Steck says. “We’re asking Simble to make some modifications to help us improve the robot a little bit, help improve its capabilities, and once that’s delivered I don’t see anything that’s stopping us from deploying in all our stores.” Then there is the question of people. Is Tally a step toward taking a human’s job? All involved insist that’s

not the case here. “Tally doesn’t have arms,” Steck says. “It can’t stock items on the shelf. It’s a tool for the stores to use and help them focus on customer service.” Milliken also keys on that point. “This really frees up the store team to fix problems when they happen and will also give them more time to interact with the shoppers in the store.” For Milliken, whose full-time job is to go to client stores and follow the robots around, looking for ways to improve them, this project brings a lot of joy. She likes seeing the fruits of her robotics degree go toward a wider use and acceptance of the machines. “Anyone can come into a grocery store and see this cool robot driving around, which is really exciting for me,” she says.

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Are you ready for 2019? We’ve been looking forward to it here at HEC because it means new improvements to the way we serve you. As always, we’re looking for the best ways to provide the highest quality new content and respond to the ways you want to view, listen to, or read that programming.

This new trend will allow us to be more environmentally friendly, while still keeping in touch though our email newsletters and occasional postcards when something particularly exciting is happening. The biggest change you’ll see, is the events calendar will become significantly more broad, or give way to increased space for articles. If you are missing our events calendar, you can still find it at hecmedia.org/events and “Happening Now” is always previewing some of the best of what St. Louis has to offer. We’re excited about the ways moving quarterly will

allow us to improve our communication with you and improve the magazine we’re sending you as a member of our community. As always, please let us know how you want to hear from us and the stories you want to see from your community arts, education, and cultural broadcaster. As we mentioned last month, we’re also responding to changes in the media landscape and requests for podcasts as we increase our offerings in that space. Two On The Aisle’s theater reviews are available wherever you source your podcasts, and more offerings will be coming throughout the year. We’re also starting pre-production on a brand new documentary, so watch this space for new exciting partnerships, segments and programming announcements in the coming issues! Happy New Year everyone, here’s to an exciting 2019!

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This means we’re responding to your feedback and taking the magazine quarterly, while increasing our energies toward creating even more quality programs that you’ll find on the website (hecmedia.org) and ensuring you receive an even stronger quality publication every January, April, July and October going forward.

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An Evening with Stephen Sondheim  

In our Winter 2019 edition of the HEC Magazine, we bring you an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim....

An Evening with Stephen Sondheim  

In our Winter 2019 edition of the HEC Magazine, we bring you an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim....

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