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Retail robotics company Bossa Nova arrives in UK

Fresh from securing a deal with one of the largest retailers in the world, retail robotics company Bossa Nova has opened a base in the UK.

The business, which offers robotic technology that scans shelves to provide real-time, on-shelf inventory data for Walmart, has unveiled a Sheffield office.

Bossa Nova’s autonomous robot moves up and down the aisles, and feeds back data to retailers that can help with operations management and wider strategy.

To coincide with its UK opening, the organisation has also recruited Red McKay as its managing director for the region.

Martin Hitch, co-founder and chief business officer of Bossa Nova, remarked: “The UK is a natural extension for our retail service solutions, and we expect rapid expansion under the leadership of Red McKay.

“Red’s experience of working for retailers and their suppliers will ensure a successful launch of our services in the UK.”

McKay’s LinkedIn profile suggests he has previous retail experience with businesses such as Woolworths and Maplin, and more recently, as supply chain director and operations & product development director at Hornby Hobbies.

Bossa Nova said it expects the office to grow rapidly and chose Sheffield for “its universities’ excellence in robotics and access to world-class talent”. It also has plans to advance its partnerships with the UK robotics industry.

Minister for investment, Graham Stuart, said: “Sheffield has access to first-class talent and a global reputation for excellence in robotics, so it is no surprise Bossa Nova has chosen to open its first international HQ in the city.”

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