Robots Put to Work at Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - You may have seen a robot recently in the aisles of an Arkansas Walmart store.

The company says it's been testing the idea in a small number of its stores.

The news was revealed in a Thursday post on the company's blog.

"Using automation to handle tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual, like scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, incorrect prices and wrong or missing labels," the blog post stated about how the robots have been used. "This new shelf-scanning technology frees up time for our associates to focus on what they tell us are the most important and exciting parts of working at Walmart – serving customers and selling merchandise."

Walmart says the technology has also been tested in some of its Pennsylvania and California stores.

"And based on these initial tests, we’re expanding it to an additional 50 locations. As with anything we roll out to our stores, the feedback from associates and customers will guide us in how and where we use this technology in the future," the company says.

Walmart says it's just another example of using technology to save associates and customers time.


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