Watch for robots in aisles at Walmart

Lloyd Doyle
April 11, 2019

We stopped by a Walmart in North Richland Hills to see several robots in action.

The push into robotics comes as the company has boosted worker wages.

The move also comes amid pressure for the world's largest employer to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour from $11 an hour after an increase in January as a result of sweeping new tax legislation.

The discount giant announced on April 9 that it would be rolling out a group of new technologies in its stores, including in-store "Pickup Towers", which will help consumers grab their online orders quickly, and machines that will help clean floors, dubbed "Auto-C". The fast truck unloader robot helps unload a truck in the back room. Hopefully, robot and human can work in harmony while you buy tube socks.

Pickup Towers, the in-store vending machines that give customers their order in less than a minute, are expected to be added to 17 stores across the state.

"Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual, "said John Crecelius, senior vice president of Central Operations for Walmart U.S".

The company plans to add 1,500 autonomous floor cleaners, the "Auto-C", and 300 shelf scanners called the "Auto-S". "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".

Freeing up employees to help customers seems like a good idea.

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