Walmart has announced that they are beginning to use self-scanning robots in over 50 locations around the country. These machines will check inventory, prices, and items that aren’t in the right place.
Robots are already common in major companies especially in their warehouses, but not many retail locations. This is a huge step for a company like Walmart, making these tasks that are time consuming for employees to be completed in a timely manor.
One major issue with the use of these robots in a settling like Walmart is the thought of many employees losing their jobs to the robots, but Walmart has assured that wont be the case. They claimed that, “the robots’ introduction won’t lead to job losses, and that the company wants to save employees from carrying out tasks that are repeatable, predictable, and manual”. Will this really be the case? What will all these employees now take on in the workplace?
Below is the video of how these robots will work in store: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=_j2oh432RFY
Vincent, James. “Walmart Is Using Shelf-Scanning Robots to Audit Its Stores.” The Verge, The Verge, 27 Oct. 2017, www.theverge.com/2017/10/27/16556864/walmart-introduces-shelf-scanning-robots.