Walmart announced that robots will be doing something pretty impressive in 50 locations around the U.S.
The retail giant has said that it is deploying robots to shelf-scan in 50 of its stores. The robots will be using machines to check things such as prices, inventory, and misplaced items.
While many fear that automation will replace human jobs, Walmart is not wanting to get rid of workers but instead save “repeatable, predictable, and manual” jobs for the robots.
Bossa Nova Robotics out of California are producing the robots, which are around two feet tall and have an extendable tower that can scan shelves.
They will sit in recharging stations at the store until a human employee gives them a “mission” to do.
“If you think about trying to go through a facility with all these different [items] and figure out if your prices are accurate, it can be very time-consuming,” said John Crecelius, Walmart’s vice president of central operations, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
“From our perspective, when you’re doing things like this you’re trying to improve your service to your customers and trying to make things simpler and easier for your associates at the same time.”
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