Walmart has now deployed robots for inventory control.
Dozens of Walmart stores across the country are now testing automation to handle tasks that are repeatable and predictable.
Robots have been deployed to scan shelves for out-of-stock items, and check for incorrect prices, as well as mislabeled items. The data is collected in real-time and then transmitted back to a cloud database which associates can check to see what needs to be replenished.
The automated units are being produced by Bossa Nova Robotics, which is headquartered in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Company officials tell us the new shelf-scanning technology took nearly six years to develop.
In addition to Walmart, Bossa Nova Robotics employees are also currently working with three other national retailers to test the technology. Walmart officials say the robots will help free associates to focus more on delivering a better customer service experience.
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