Walmart is due to introduce shelf-scanning robots to 650 additional US stores by the end of this summer, hence increasing its total fleet to 1000 stores.
Designed by Bossa Nova Robotics Inc.
The robots, which are designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., are six-foot tall, and equipped with 15 cameras. They are able to update product availability, flag out-of-stocks and ensure proper shelf location amongst other tasks. According to the retailer, the robots can render tasks that usually took as long as two weeks into a twice-daily practice.
The new devices are an addition to the existing fleet which already includes robots that can scrub floors, gather online grocery orders or unload trucks.
The move forms part of Walmart’s push to cut costs, enhance store performance and further build its technological innovation credentials.
Back in April, Walmart has initially introduced robots that can perform a range of tasks into some of its stores, following a successful trial.
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