Walmart rolls out shelf-scanning robots in 50 stores…

They might not be the killer machines from the future in the “Terminator” films, but shelf-scanning robots deployed at 50 Walmart stores across the nation are still an unsettling sight for some consumers.

“Well, it’s a little scary because I feel it’s taking somebody’s job,” shopper Deborah Espinoza told KTVU at a Walmart testing the robots in Milpitas, Calif. “But if it isn’t taking somebody’s job, if it’s gonna do benefits for Walmart, then it would be good.”

Walmart executives, however, insist the robots will not entirely replace human workers at the retail giant’s stores.

“It’s looking at tasks that are repeatable, predictable,” Tiffany Wilson, a Walmart spokeswoman, told The Mercury News. “This way, our associates can spend their time focusing on customers and selling merchandise. While the job may change, and the type of work being done may change, robots are not going to replace human contact and human touch.”

The 6-foot-tall robots, designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics, zip down store aisles scanning shelves on both sides using lights, cameras and radar, reported KPIX. The robots clear one aisle every 90 seconds or so, checking for out-of-stock, mispriced, mislabled and misplaced products, instantly uploading the information so workers can keep shelves up to date.


3 Replies to “Walmart rolls out shelf-scanning robots in 50 stores…

  1. And if you think it stops at just 50 stores that is why you shop at walmart. And if you think it stops at shelf scanners then you will always shop at walmart,

  2. Illegals as slave labor isnt enough. Full unemployment is what NWO is after. BOYCOTT Walmart, Hollywood and TV. BOYCOTT the mega-power entities, strip them of operating income by shopping local only

Join the conversation. Unlike most websites, we value your opinion. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.