Bossa Nova Launches New Smaller Size Retail Imaging Mobile Robot

​Bossa Nova introduces a new autonomous mobile robot, designed for the task of inventorying retail stores. The Bossa Nova 2020 has a smaller footprint than the original Boss Nova mobile robot. It is designed to operate on commercial retail properties larger than a convenience store, making it ideal for medium to large format stores.

The Bossa Nova 2020 uses a 2D camera array to image products on-shelf in a retail store. The imagery acquired by the robot is merged and analyzed to deliver accurate on-shelf product inventory. The new platform also improves the quality of lighting during the imaging process, which will increase the fidelity of the extracted results.

Bossa Nova 2020 is ​able to image produce displays with a downward looking camera, however it is not (currently) able to count fresh produce. The imagery can be used by store staff to document and manually evaluate produce inventory levels.

The primary use cases for this data includes inventory alerts to in-store staff, and planogram compliance for manufacturers and the supply chain. The data can also be used for price compliance, promotion compliance and out-of-stock alerts.

​Bossa Nova has had success with earlier deployments of their technology in retail stores, including Walmart. They operate their solution with Robots as a Service (RaaS) business model. Bossa Nova remotely monitors their robots and can quickly resolve any on-site issues which come up with individual robots.

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at