4/9/2019, 12:24 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Walmart expands use of robots to reduce labor costs

United States retail giant Walmart Inc. said on Tuesday it is expanding the use of robots in its outlets as part of the corporate efforts to reduce labor costs. The company said the robots will mostly help with inventory monitoring by scanning shelves for products that ran out, cleaning, and unloading trucks. Walmart asserted the plans come amid broader efforts to increase wages and introduce new services such as online delivery, as well as providing more time for workers to perform other tasks.

Walmart said that robots displayed high levels of efficiency during the tests conducted earlier, which showed that a machine can shorten the work done by a human by as much as a few hours. The company is introducing approximately 1,500 automatic floor cleaners, 300 shelf scanners, 900 PickUp Towers, and 1,200 FAST unloaders which scan and sort items.

"Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual," Walmart Senior Vice President of Central Operations John Crecelius said. "It allows them time to focus more on selling merchandise and serving customers, which they tell us have always been the most exciting parts of working in retail," he added.

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