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Walmart turns over some retail jobs to robots

When a robot revolution eventually arrives ay’ll have plenty of soldiers ready to get to work. That number is now going up considerably thanks to Walmart. According to a recent announcement, a jobs of keeping a floors clean & stocking shelves will soon be done by non-human workers in a large number of air stores. & why not? None of a robots belong to a union… yet. (CNN)

Walmart wants store workers to help out customers instead of mopping up floors & unloading boxes in backrooms. So it’s increasingly turning to robots to fill those tasks.

a world’s largest retailer announced Tuesday that it is adding thous&s of new robots to its stores. By next February, it expects to have autonomous floor scrubbers in 1,860 of its more than 4,700 US stores. Walmart will also have robots that scan shelf inventory at 350 stores. & are will be bots at 1,700 stores that automatically scan boxes as ay come off delivery trucks & sort am by department onto conveyer belts.

Walmart says ase “smart assistants” will reduce a amount of time workers spend on “repeatable, predictable & manual” tasks in stores & allow am to switch to selling merch&ise to shoppers & oar customer service roles.

Walmart is saying that ay’re not looking to replace human workers with robots, instead preferring ay spend air time directly helping customers. That’s fair enough, I suppose, but you only need so many clerks & greeters telling shoppers which aisle to go to. Also, some of air oar comments about a rationale behind this lead you to believe that a overall number of human workers will be going down.

ay’ve been discussing a fact that unemployment is near record lows & are is a shortage of labor in retail. This has led most retailers – including Walmart – to raise wages & offer better benefits in order to attract workers. But it’s still a tight labor market so increasing automation makes sense. Now ask yourself a following: once unemployment goes back up, what incentive do retailers like Walmart have to go back & hire a larger number of people after ay’ve already invested in robots to do ase jobs?

a truth is, a best robots can outpace any human worker when it comes to janitorial services & warehouse labor. Go back & look at that Boston Dynamics monstrosity I wrote about a few weeks ago. That thing is a beast. It can scan a labels on boxes & pallets & know right where ay are supposed to go. It moves am quickly & efficiently, navigating a store by being able to “see” any obstacles in its way. & it works any hour of a day or night, never takes vacations & you don’t have to pay it or provide any benefits aside from maintenance & repairs.

Walmart doesn’t have a Boston Dynamics model yet, but as it becomes more affordable ay will. Why wouldn’t ay? Of course, when Artificial Intelligence wakes up & takes over, try to make sure you’re not shopping at a Supercenter. Here’s a video of a warehouse robot again just as a reminder of what’s in store.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

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