The retail giant deploys shelf-scanning robots in stores

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Walmart shelf-scanning robots

Walmart shelf-scanning robots

The retail giant Walmart deploying shelf-scanning robots in stores after initially testing the technology in a few locations.

While the robots won’t necessarily be stocking the shelves themselves, they will scan for out-of-stock items, making note of incorrect prices, or checking that the correct label is on a product, Walmart said.

The new initiative is part of Walmart’s effort to use automation to handle repeatable, predictable and manual tasks. The goal is to free up workers to spend more time helping customers and selling items.

As the company rolls it out to 50 more stores, it will rely on customer and employee feedback to shape its future use of automation, the post said.

shopping experience more convenient

The use of robots could help to save customers time, guaranteeing that more products would be in stock when they visited a store. The technology also makes the shopping experience more convenient.

Automation is a sensitive subject in conversations around the future of work. While Walmart claims to be using the technology to complement its human workers, and free them up to accomplish more complex tasks, the same isn’t true for every implementation of the technology.

The growth of autonomous vehicles has also predicted to eventually be a major disruptor of the trucking market. An Oxford University study estimates that currently 47% of US jobs could eventually taken over by robots.

However, the use of robots will likely remain controversial for some time. Also, a massive firm like Walmart introducing them in their stores, which likely treated by a diverse population. It could help to reduce potential disgrace and get consumers more comfortable with the concept of robot-human collaboration.

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