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Why Retailers Are Learning to Love Robots

The pandemic lit a fire under retailers to expand the use of robotics, but COVID-19 is not the only accelerant. Advancements in AI, computer vision and sensing systems are also boosting bots. The age of COVID-19 put a premium on processes that protect customers and associates.

Walmart to Invest $14B and ‘Define the Next Generation of Retail’

Walmart is forging forward with a nearly $14 billion investment enabling it to “build a business model that will define the next generation of retail.” Uncover the mega-retailer's plans and what experts think.

​​​​​​​A continuous, real-time view of inventory and out-of-stocks via digitized shelves is imperative to a retailer’s success.

Learn how autonomous mobile robots can help help retailers improve their operations across a number of key fronts.

Urban Outfitters will build on its UK pilot and infuse automation into its new distribution center in Kansas City, KS, due to go live in 2023. Get the details.

The retailer views the program as an important component of its customer service and engagement strategy, driving added value thanks to the data that it brings in. While Walmart will make the program more robust, McMillon noted these changes will be unique based on the company’s own assets and capabilities. is opening five new buildings to support operations closer to customers in the metro Detroit area, including its fourth fulfillment center in the state using Amazon robotics to help associates pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers. Learn more.

Retail Business Services (RBS), the services company of grocery retail group Ahold Delhaize USA, is piloting newly launched ultraviolet (UV) disinfection robots from Ava Robotics to manage COVID-19-related and other cleaning needs. Get the details.

As with many of today's retail tech investments, the pandemic is accelerating the gap between the sellers that have invested in their robotics strategies and those that haven't. We explore how some of today's retailers are using robotics to secure success during the health crisis.

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Sam’s Club will soon have a robotic scrubber in every club in their U.S. chain of nearly 600 stores and is expanding a retail shelf analytics pilot. Get the details.

The expansion, which will bring the bots to 62 of its 112 locations, will result in the robots scanning more than 4.2 million products per day.

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