Walmart drops inventory robots from its stores

Retail Company Walmart has scrapped plans to use robots to track its inventory.

 

Walmart drops inventory robots from its stores

China, the world's largest supermarket, says it has ended its partnership with roaming robot maker Bossa Nova Robotics.

 

The machines scan the shelves to make sure all items are in stock and the prices are correct.

 

They are designed’ to help brick and mortar stores compete with online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba.

 

These robots have been used’ in Wal-Mart stores since 2017 as they move towards more automation.

 

"It was an idea we tried in about 500 stores," Walmart said in a statement.

 

Walmart, which recently sold Asda to billionaire Isa Brothers, said it would continue to experiment with new technologies in its stores.

 

The retail giant continues to use other robots in its stores, including autonomous floor scrubbers.

 

Loss of inventory is a problem for retailers, as sales can be affected’ if shoppers do not find a product on store shelves.

 

Online challenge

An accurate inventory is also required for Walmart's increasingly popular pickup and delivery services.

 

The company posted massive revenue (137.7bn (7,107bn)) in the last quarter, boosted by a 97% increase in its e-commerce platforms during the Code 19 ban.

 

With fierce competition among retailers, other companies have adopted different approaches to automation.

 

Online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba have tried to increase efficiency by using robots in their warehouses.

 

Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012 to increase efficiency at its completion centers, where it now uses more than 200,000 robots.

 

Walmart's brick and mortar rival Target has been more reluctant to use robots in its stores, rather than preferring to interact with consumers and humans.


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