Walmart adding more robots to their stores

The janitor robots at Walmart

The janitor robots at Walmart

The idea is that by pushing menial tasks to the robots, Walmart's human employees can spend more time helping customers and preparing online orders for pickup. According to a report from the Brookings Institution earlier this year, about one-quarter of America jobs are at risk of being replaced with artificial intelligence.

Walmart says it anticipates spending $73 million to remodel 15 stores in Louisiana and expand new technology such as Pick-Up Towers and Voice Order.

It also comes amid increased pressure to keep up with rising wages at the retail giant's competitors.

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A new system that automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks will be expanded to 33 stores, and autonomous floor scrubbers will be added to 40 locations.

Walmart has said that although it's cutting down on labor for its automated jobs, it's hiring more employees to focus on its fast-growing online grocery business. The company also said that it would add 1,200 more FAST Unloaders and 900 Pickup Towers and that it would roll these machines out in its U.S. stores soon. The shelf scanning robot goes down the aisles in the store to look for empty shelves. The other robots include 1,200 FAST Unloaders and 900 Pickup Towers, which the company said is "like a giant vending machine to retrieve" purchases for pickup. "Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable and manual", John Crecelius, Walmart's senior vice president of central operations for Walmart said in a release.

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