Chart: Amazon robots on the rise, gaining slowly but steadily on human workforce

Chart: Amazon robots on the rise, gaining slowly but steadily on human workforce

Amazon’s workforce has exploded in recent years, more than doubling since the end of 2014, when it employed 154,000 people. As of the latest count , there were 306,000 employees working worldwide for the Seattle tech giant.

But another group is growing at an even faster rate than the company’s human workforce: the number of robots working alongside people in Amazon fulfillment centers. The company said this week that it has 45,000 “robotic units” operating in 20 distribution centers working with people to fill and ship customer orders.

The number is up 50 percent from the 30,000 bots that Amazon reported […]

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