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Video: Wal-Mart Begins Testing Shelf Scanning Robots

27 October 2017

The robots will scan for incorrect prices, missing labels and out-of-stock items. Source: Wal-MartThe robots will scan for incorrect prices, missing labels and out-of-stock items. Source: Wal-Mart

Employees in retail or grocery establishments often take numerous hours out of their day to check the inventory on shelves using a handheld scanner.

Not only is this tedious, but it also keeps employees from doing other tasks that might be more useful to organizations.

Wal-Mart is seeking to eliminate the need for employees to do this manual task by using new shelf-scanning robots that the company says will help free up its associates to do more important jobs such as serving customers and selling merchandise.

The retail giant is testing in a small number of stores the automated robots that scan shelves for out-of-stock items, incorrect prices and wrong or missing labels. The testing is taking place in stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California. After these tests are complete, Wal-Mart plans to expand the robot usage to 50 locations.

Wal-Mart says the goal is to combine both people and technology in order to make stores more convenient and easier to shop.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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