WALMART has confirmed a statewide policy change aimed at reducing costs across the country.
The use of AI technology will help keep the store organized and support employees in their work.
A new report indicates that jobs once done by humans and manual labor will soon be done by robotic arms and others.
In fact, the changes have already gone into effect at some Walmart warehouses across the country.
A location in central Florida is set to be the first warehouse to automate most of its products by the end of 2023.
José Molina told The Wall Street Journal that he started working at the warehouse in Brooksville, Fla., 25 years ago.
He was manually unloading articulated lorries for most of that time.
But three months ago, Molina became an autonomous forklift operator, which means he’s more reliant on technology.
“Welcome to‘ Molina, 51, told the outlet.
“Now I watch the robots unload the truck. I stand behind the robot and take care of the problems.
“It’s a big change.”
Walmart has announced plans to use automation in many of its warehouses across the country in the coming years.
The company’s goal is to increase the number of packages it can process while reducing overall labor costs.
“For us, this technology increases capacity, increases the accuracy of our loads, speeds up the supply chain and lowers costs,” David Guggina, Walmart’s executive vice president of supply chain, told The Wall Street Journal.
Guggina said it “also completely redesigns the way our people work in the distribution center.”
This means that many warehouse workers need training for new jobs.
But those unwilling to embrace the new technology could also look elsewhere, reducing the risk of Walmart having to lay off employees.
At one location in California, AI technology has already helped employees work more efficiently when pallets arrive.
According to NBC News, AI has packaged the products according to where they need to be unloaded and stored in the store.
So when employees start unpacking the pallets, they use their phones and technology to know exactly where the products go in stores.
Experts believe that technology will support employees in their jobs without reducing the need for employees in the store.