A new tech trend has emerged at the world's largest retailer, as Walmart brings on board thousands of robots in nearly 5,000 of its 11,348 stores. According to CNN Business, these robots will be scrubbing floors, scanning boxes, unloading trucks and tracking shelf inventory at mostly domestic U.S. locations.
Robots will replace lower-level jobs—serving in janitorial functions as well as performing basic inventory work—in order to manage rising costs. A new robot unloader has already been used on the docks in hundreds of stores, pulling boxes from delivery trucks while automatically scanning and sorting merchandise. The unloader will be deployed at over 1,100 retail locations in the near future.
"Automating certain tasks," according to Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon on CNN, "gives associates more time to do work they find fulfilling and to interact with customers."
More at source: Forbes
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