Walmart is hiring robots to replace human tasks that humans did not "enjoy doing". In an attempt to save on labor costs, he is betting on robots to clean floors, sort inventory and replace depleted items in his stores, as reported by The Wall Street Journal .
Walmart has several jobs in mind for the new robots. Floor cleaning robots are reaching 1,500 stores. (The company says that washing floors was previously a task that could take a human worker two to three hours a day). Walmart is also adding 600 conveyor belts that can sort the inventory automatically, and at least 300 bots that can check for shelves. stocks are running out after Walmart started testing this technology in 2017.
All this is done at the expense of human work. The more robots you hire Walmart, the fewer people you will need for each task and the more money you will save at your 4,600 stores in the US. UU Walmart says that although it is reducing work for tasks such as floor cleaning, is hiring employees to focus on the growth of its online grocery business. The decision also comes after retailers such as Target and Walmart announced slight increases in the wages of store workers.
Walmart seems to be trying to make its online shopping service competitive for AmazonFresh and for the delivery of Whole Foods from Amazon Prime Now, which are still expanding. It is part of a long dispute between the two retail giants. While Walmart was encouraged to acquire Jet.com and establish a more online presence, Amazon has added physical stores to its e-commerce offerings and began to follow the playbooks of more traditional brands. Last week, Amazon announced a new round of price cuts at Whole Foods stores around green and tropical fruits. The company also plans to expand grocery stores in major US cities. UU Later this year.