Back in 2017, Walmart launched a pilot project that made some of its old-school brick-and-mortar retail stores seem like futuristic testbeds. The chain began trialing robots that could scan shelves to make sure items display the correct price and that they’re in stock, a test that started out in 50 stores. This year, those robots will have rolled out to 350 Walmart stores, making robots an increasingly familiar presence in the store’s aisles as shoppers hunt for the retail giant’s signature low-price deals. What’s more, Walmart — which also happens to be the world’s largest retailer,... READ MORE
August 31, 2019
A brief but informative piece on how automation is changing the, in this particular case, retail work environment. Contextually relevant within the broader discussion of the increasing use of robotics in the workplace. A prospective reader will find this article worthwhile and apropos of the times.
September 4, 2019
This is a super short article announcing that Walmart is rolling out more robots in the store. It has a slightly negative slant towards the news, and contains very little content.
August 30, 2019
This is a nice look into Walmart's decision to use more robots within stores. The author does well to make sense of the story, why Walmart is headed in this direction, and what the implications might be for consumers who will now become accustomed to walking the same aisles as robots. Very interesting story and I look forward to Andy Meek's followups.