I talked about this in a recent podcast episode, but it is worth taking a closer look at Walmart’s plans to add more robots to their stores.
The retailer is adding shelf-scanning robots to 650 stores by the summer. The robots can scan items on shelves to assist with price accuracy and restocking. The six-foot-tall devices contain 15 cameras each, which scan aisles and shelves and send alerts to employees in real time.
And how do employees feel about the robots?
“Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable, and manual,” John Crecelius, senior vice president of central operations for Walmart US, said in a company blog post about automation in April. “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.”