Walmart hires robots to replace human tasks that humans do not "like to do." In an effort to save on labor costs, bots are aimed at cleaning floors, sorting warehouses, and filling out non-stock items, as reported by The Wall Street Journal .
Walmart has several jobs in mind for the new robots. Robot cleaners come to 1500 stores. (The company says that floor washing was previously a task that could take a human worker two to three hours a day to complete.) Walmart also adds 600 conveyors that can automatically sort inventory and at least 300 robots that can check if shelves run out. stock after Walmart first started testing this technology in 201
All this comes at the expense of human labor. The more robots Walmart hires, the fewer people need it for each task, and the more money it saves over its 4,600 stores in the United States. Walmart says that while labor is falling on tasks like floor cleaning, is hiring employees to focus on increasing their online grocery store. The move also comes after retail companies such as Target and Walmart announced small wage increases for shop workers.
Walmart seems to be trying to make its online grocery store competitive with AmazonFresh and Amazon Prime Now's Whole Foods delivery, both of which are still expanding. It is part of a long feud between the two retail giants. While brick and mortar Walmart has been pressured to provide Jet.com and establish more of an online presence, Amazon has added physical stores to its e-commerce offerings and began following the playbooks of more traditional brands. Just last week, Amazon announced a new round of price reductions on Whole Foods stores around greens and tropical fruits. The company also has plans to expand grocery stores in major US cities later this year.