Robots coming to Walmart warehouses

Robots coming to Walmart warehouses

Automation improves workplace safety, makes job easier for associates, says company Walmart Canada will soon have robots working at its warehouses in Ontario, according to a report.

The multinational retail corporation is introducing material handling robotics and automation technologies that, it says, will keep “operations bustling” and improve ergonomics for associates.

This comes after the employer piloted its automated receiving solution at their Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Calgary in Alberta back in March."We’re super excited about what we’ve done in Calgary and we’re super excited to scale that and get it into our other sites," said Matt Kelly, Walmart Canada’s […]

Amazon, Microsoft, and Other Tech Stocks in Focus Today

Technology stocks are holding steady after taking a knock earlier this week.

Futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.1% in early trading, following a 1.7% gain in the previous session. The index dropped on Wednesday, when hot inflation data lowered the chances of Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts coming soon. Lower interest rates tend to boost tech stocks, and the prospect of rates staying higher tends to hurt them.

Here’s… An Amazon executive said it’s not true that robots steal humans’ jobs. Dreamstime Technology stocks are holding steady after taking a knock earlier this week.Futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite slipped […]

Top Amazon exec says it’s a ‘myth’ robots steal jobs

Top Amazon exec says it's a ‘myth' robots steal jobs

A robot prepares to pick up a tote containing product at the Amazon Robotics fulfillment center on April 12, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Stefano La Rovere, director of global robotics, mechatronics, and sustainable packaging at Amazon, said that rather than replacing jobs, robotics and other technologies are enhancing people’s roles.

"It is a myth that technology and robots take out jobs," La Rovere told CNBC’s "Street Signs Europe" Thursday.

Amazon says introduction of new technologies has enhanced more than 50,000 jobs across its fulfillment centers in Europe. A top Amazon executive told CNBC Thursday that it’s a "myth" that […]

Amazon Grows To Over 750,000 Robots As World’s Second-Largest Private Employer Replaces Over 100,000 Humans

Amazon Grows To Over 750,000 Robots As World's Second-Largest Private Employer Replaces Over 100,000 Humans

Amazon.com Inc. is rapidly advancing its use of robotics, deploying over 750,000 robots to work alongside its employees.

The world’s second-largest private employer employs 1.5 million people. While that’s a lot, it’s a decrease of over 100,000 employees from the 1.6 million workers it had in 2021. Meanwhile, the company had 520,000 robots in 2022 and 200,000 robots in 2019. While Amazon is bringing on hundreds of thousands of robots per year, the company is slowly decreasing its employee numbers.

The robots, including new models like Sequoia and Digit, are designed to perform repetitive tasks, thereby improving efficiency, safety and delivery […]

How Walmart Warehouse Employees Work Hand In Hand With Automation

How Walmart Warehouse Employees Work Hand In Hand With Automation

Associates at four of Walmart’s high-tech distribution centers can now utilize autonomous forklifts to more effectively move products. Walmart ’s first high-tech distribution center, located in Brooksville, Fla., has been testing and pioneering new technologies for the company for many years. Distribution center 6020 was most recently the testing ground for a new autonomous forklift system that promises to improve associate skills and better their jobs while also building the retailer’s business.

Following a 16-month proof of concept with the machines, which were developed by Fox Robotics, Walmart will now introduce 19 of the autonomous forklifts across four of its […]

Amazon Accelerates Automation: Implications and Strategies

Amazon Accelerates Automation: Implications and Strategies

New Project 2024 04 11t210900.364 Rapid Robotics Deployment: Amazon.com Inc. is significantly expanding its use of robotics, deploying more than 750,000 robots to complement its workforce. This marks a notable increase from 520,000 robots in 2022 and 200,000 in 2019. While the company remains the world’s second-largest private employer with 1.5 million employees, there has been a decrease from 1.6 million in 2021. Enhanced Efficiency and Safety: New robot models like Sequoia and Digit are designed to perform repetitive tasks, enhancing efficiency, safety, and delivery speed for Amazon’s customers. Sequoia improves inventory management and order processing in fulfillment centers, […]

Engineering Innovation By Focusing On People

Engineering Innovation By Focusing On People

[Innovation can engender negative connotations for many people, emanating from their fear of change and its unknown implications or consequences to the nature of work and the potential elimination of jobs. In our new business operating environment of accelerating change, ongoing education and case studies are critically needed to demonstrate to business leaders and employees how changing conventional ways of doing things can lead to better, safer, more rewarding workplaces and enhanced careers and industry leadership. The ability of innovation and technology to enrich industries and communities is only beginning. It is still underserved and “a wide-open space” for […]

Study: AI, Smart, Real-Time Manufacturing Poised to Increase Manufacturing Employment

Study: AI, Smart, Real-Time Manufacturing Poised to Increase Manufacturing Employment

Rather than displacing workers, employment will only grow with the adoption of these technologies.

Read enough reports and listen to enough mainstream media commentators, one can be forgiven with assuming most workers are on the verge of losing their jobs to artificial intelligence and related technology. A new study suggests quite the opposite, especially in the manufacturing sector. Technologies such as AI and robotics are only increasing demand for human workers.

Employment will only grow with the adoption of these technologies, a new global study of than 1,567 manufacturers across 17 countries commissioned by Rockwell Automation shows.Generative artificial intelligence “rocketed […]

Ottawa looks to robotics to address labor challenges in the ag sector

Ottawa looks to robotics to address labor challenges in the ag sector

Ag News On Friday, the federal government announced funding for new innovative solutions to help deal with the ongoing labour challenges in the ag sector. Under Phase 2 of the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program – Challenge Stream, five projects will each receive up to $1 million in funding.

The projects target the Canadian meat processing industry and the Canadian controlled environment agriculture industry – the concept is to advance automation and robotic technologies.

The projects approved for funding by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Canadian Meat Processing Technology Development Challenge include: Exonetik Inc. – Developing a low-cost, collaborative robot […]

Fast Food Brands Turn To Automation To Combat Rising Cost Of Business

Fast Food Brands Turn To Automation To Combat Rising Cost Of Business

Mallory Fink / KHTS News In an effort to lower labor costs, some fast-food franchises are turning to automation to take over tasks like taking orders, making simple items, or even delivery.

In Santa Clarita, these changes have already started to be implemented. Drive-thru visitors to the Weinerschnitzel on Soledad Canyon Road can have their orders taken by an automated voice program. Other companies also have plans to increase automation in the next several years.

Chipotle’s “Autocado ” is a collaborative robotic (cobotic) device that is built to assist staff members in the task of cutting, coring, and peeling […]