Walmart to expand use of robots in stores

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Walmart is enlisting automated help to improve out-of-stock issues and mislabeled items.

Reuters reports that the robots are equipped with a camera and lights that scan the aisles to check stocks, and identify mislabeled or wrongly-priced items.

The robot passes the data to human employees, who then restock the shelves and fix any errors.

The retail giant stresses that the machines will not replace staffers, and are merely there to help them.

The robots are 50 percent more productive than human employees at shelf-scanning, and are capable of doing it faster and more accurately.

Walmart has been trialing robots in California, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas for the past three years, and will be expanding to 50 more locations in January 2018.

So if you live in El Paso, Fort Worth, or Jacksonville, it seems the robots are coming.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Walmart robots scan shelves to identify out of stock, missing, or misplaced items
2. Robots pass data to store employees, who restock shelves, fix mistakes
3. Robots can scan shelves more quickly, and accurately
4. Walmart to put robots in more than 50 U.S. stores


VOICEOVER (in English):
"Walmart robots are equipped with a camera and lights that scan the aisles to check stocks, and identify mislabeled or wrongly-priced items."

"The robot passes the data to human employees, who then restock the shelves and fix any errors."

"The robots are 50 percent more productive than human employees at shelf-scanning, and are capable of doing it faster and more accurately."

"Walmart has been trialing robots in California, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas for the past three years, and will be expanding to 50 more locations in January 2018."

SOURCES:
Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-walmart-robots/wal-marts-new-robots-scan-shelves-to-restock-items-faster-idUSKBN1CV1N4