Walmart is adding a number of autonomous scanning robots to 50 stores across the U.S. The move is meant to make the shopping experience easier, free up time for employees, and solve the retailer’s out-of-stock problem.
Futurism, October 27, 2017 – Walmart is adding robots to its workforce, as it continues to shift into a storefront for the modern world.
The retailer has been testing the robots in a number of stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California, where they’re used for “repeatable, predictable and manual” tasks. The 0.61-meter (2 ft) tall robots are equipped with a tower and a series of cameras, and they move up and down aisles scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, identifying incorrect prices, and taking note of wrong or missing labels. Data is then passed on to employees, who proceed to stock items and correct mistakes. To continue reading the article, click here.