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Walmart Implementing NEW Shelf-Scanning Robots in 50 Locations

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Have you heard the news? 🤖

Walmart recently announced that they are planning to implement shelf-scanning “robots” in select stores across the country to handle predictable tasks like scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, incorrect prices and wrong/missing labels. This new shelf-scanning technology will not replace Walmart associates, but allow them to better focus on serving customers and selling merchandise.

Walmart recently tested this technology in a small number of stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California and based on the initial tests, they’re expanding it to an additional 50 locations. Wow! 😮

Have YOU seen these “robots” at your store? What are your thoughts?
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Comments 49

  1. Leslie

    So not only do they pay & treat their people crappy, now they are going to take away their jobs. This is one of the many reasons I do not shop at the Mart

    • Karen

      I have a number of friends that work for Wal-Mart in their stores and distribution centers and they all really enjoy their jobs

      • Leslie

        Glad to hear that Karen & others with happy friends. I’m always reading articles on how bad they treat & pay employees. Maybe it’s not all stores.

        • Nosale

          The media. #propaganda

    • Amy

      It says no one will lose jobs…

      Not that it would matter because none of the employees actually do any work at my nearest Walmart.

      • Niki

        That is B.S…Stores implement these things to save money, i.e. reduce the amount spent on employees. There’s no way they don’t plan on cutting jobs. Sadly technology is replacing jobs everywhere, including my job. It’s happening everywhere, and trust me it is not more efficient. I say this based on experience.

    • Andrea

      Someone didn’t finish reading!

    • Laurie

      Perhaps it will free up enough employees to assist at the cash register!!!

      • AOhio

        Agree!! Good one!

    • Cat

      That’s ridiculous.

    • Jamie

      My husband worked at Wal-Mart part time as a second job for a while. He felt like they treated their employees very fairly, and was impressed by their philosophy during training. As a matter of fact, good workers are their biggest supporters and their CEO began as a common employee and worked up. We were quite impressed and wouldn’t have known any of it had he not gotten that job!

      • Mindy

        I work for Walmart and I have nothing negative to say about them. They sent me to Arkansas for 1 week for manager training and I was impressed by their home office- very basic, nothing glamorous. Majority of the employees work in their cubicle only a few (very few) have office with window. If you work hard they will promote you very quick, I have seen many get promoted. If you come in late all the time, don’t show up, barely get things done then you will be promoted to become a customer.

    • Emily

      Maybe you should do research on a topic before assuming that what a couple articles say is fact. Research should be both sides. Many articles are so biased. It seems hating certain things just gets to be popular and the people hating often have done no research to even know why they hate.

    • Ash

      Not shopping there takes away more jobs than a machine like this.

  2. Todd

    I wonder if the robots will be as un-friendly and un-helpful as the regular associates.

    • Mindy

      Robots are machines to scan inventory not for customer service. This is not Hollywood type robot you are thinking about!

  3. Heather

    One word: Skynet
    🤖 💥

    • Susan

      This made me smile. My husband and I say this all the time:)

  4. JA

    It won’t replace associates……yet.

    • JenT

      lol I know right, as soon as they realize the robots having them now pay more employees than they need….then goodbye to a few thousand jobs. Just a matter of time before they’re stocking shelves too.

  5. leah

    The employees at my local Wal-Mart in New Milford, Ct are happy with their jobs. Many have been there a long time. I think this will simplify their jobs. I’m happy for them.

  6. Jennifer

    Very cool! Love Wal-Mart and their low prices. Hoping this means more cash registers open since they are freeing up associates?

  7. Debbie

    Interesting! Maybe this will help employees be more available. I always have a hard time finding anyone to help me!

  8. arkadin

    This is great free market capitalism at its finest.

  9. Andrea

    I think my only concern would be if kids were to accidentally look into the beam. It looks awfully bright. Hopefully they have already made sure it isn’t dangerous to eyes.

    • Cari

      I heard they specifically made sure it blinds annoying nosy children .

      • Katie


  10. Lolie

    Sounds like it’s just going to take up room in the isles.

  11. Mari

    One more thing in walmart not to work. I cant even find a price scanner attached……..

  12. Ihearthip

    Of course they would say it’s not taking jobs. However, I like Walmart and the employees at mine seem happy. I think some of their bad press is one sided. I think this seems like a helpful service.

  13. Nic

    I work at Wm and It’s going to hurt the workers they will just cut hours and not hire associates.

  14. ddmobile

    The shelves at my walmart never look like this. They are never properly stocked!

    • Amber

      Same here. My walmart always likes like a major snowstorm is about to hit. They’d need 3 of these robots just for the grocery section at my store to keep up.

  15. Garfield

    I actually have talked to people that worked at both Walmart and Target and surprisingly they say Walmart treats them better, pays them better, offers more hours than Target and gives them bonuses.

    • Joy

      Good to know this Garfield. My son just got his first job at Walmart after Target rejected him. Target was just down right rude to him, especially when he tried following up on his interview. Walmart was super nice and friendly to him from the get go.

    • Mindy

      Yes, if your store exceed the metrics, full time employees will get up to $2200 in bonus. Part time will get partial.

  16. Miss Notyetrated

    Some of the Walmarts in Delaware have cashless checkout lanes. They force you to use debit or credit cards for payment.

    • Amanda

      Ha, I live in Delaware too; you must shop at the same Walmart as me.

  17. Nina

    In the Walmart in northern NJ, they cut out about a third of the registers and put in rows of self check out, which was surprising at 1st but it’s actually a lot easier to self check out.

    • cooper

      they did the same at the WalMarts in the Hudson Valley, NY.

  18. TR

    The aisles are already pretty tight. I hope they use good judgment and run them only during “non peak” times.

    • Mindy

      I would think they probably have robots scan late at night or very early in the morning to avoid the crowd and shopping carts bumping into them since they are pretty pricey!

  19. Helen

    The exact reason they’re testing this is to see how effective it is and how many employees it can eliminate. They want to see if this is more cost effective for the company……

  20. nancy

    Thanks I’m analysing Walmart for school project and will add this to it ! 🙂 Love Walmart

  21. Cat

    So many complainers

  22. Julie

    I’m lucky to have a pretty nice Walmart-clean, organized, friendly & helpful associates who have been there for years. I save TONS going there and I’m happy for technology.

  23. Brooke

    Robots are taking all the jobs, and not doing it better either. Self checkouts at grocery stores can’t do much without a lot of help from a human clearing everything. Meanwhile, most of the human cashiers have been cut, and the lines go on forever.
    I work in retail and I hate this kind of stuff! It will absolutely cut jobs. It might also help lower prices, but is it worth it?

    • Niki

      Exactly! It is not more efficient, and people are losing jobs everywhere!! It’s madness!

  24. w vanhees

    This only works when the products are in their correct location and other items haven’t been spread out to cover up the gaps and holes .

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