Walmart announced today that they are planning to add thousands of autonomous robot workers to tackle a variety of tasks within its stores following several tests in 2018. The goal is to give employees “more of an opportunity to do what they’re uniquely qualified for,” like helping customers face-to-face on the sales floor. “Smart assistants have huge potential to make busy stores run more smoothly,” said a Walmart representative. Read more for two videos and additional information.
“Walmart isn’t the only retailer that has robots roaming around. Home Depot customers can type an item into the store app and call up a map that leads them to where they can find the light fixture or cabinet they need. Shoppers at some stores and malls can also get the information they need from a robot named ‘Pepper,'” reports USA Today.