Giant Food Stores will place robotic assistants at 172 locations, company says

by:CTECHi     2020-01-15
His name is Marty. ”Tall, slow-
Moving and gray, he has big, cartoon-like eyes that mask the uniqueness of the newest staff at Giant Food Stores: Marty is mean and ruthless, and-
Not like his colleagues.
He has the ability to work for countless hours without pay.
Although he didn\'t say much, he always posted a small message on his slender suitcase: \"This store is monitored by Marty for your safety,\" it wrote.
\"Marty is an automated robot that uses image capture technology to report spills, debris, and other potential hazards to provide a better shopping experience for store employees.
\"After launching a pilot program at several stores in Pennsylvania last fall, the big food store announced on Monday, it will place Mattis Virginia and West Virginia in each of the 172 supermarket chains in Pennsylvania, Maryland.
The launch of the robot is part of the giant\'s parent company Ahold Delhaize USA program, which will deploy about 500 robots to stores such as giant, Martin and Stop & Shop.
According to Giant, the robots will begin to arrive \"one wave after another\" in the coming months, and the company is expected to fully deploy the devices in about six months.
\"Bring robots and robots. I.
From the research lab to the sales area was a very exciting journey and we were excited about the customer response at the pilot store, \"said Nicholas Bertram, president of the large food store, in a statement.
\"Our employees strive to put this innovation into practice with amazing partners.
The company said: \"Robots are moving around in stores without help, scanning the floor for leaks and travel hazards that are reported to human workers.
Once a leak is found, the machine-
Beep when it moves
Report to employees through verbal communication after they are called.
Marty said \"be careful and find danger\" was to remind customers, but the machine also sent an announcement through the public address system of the store to remind employees.
In addition to scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, Marty also conducts a price check to find the difference between shelves and Patrick Maturo, a shop optimization manager at ahold USA, who told PennLive.
News media reported that Marty was equipped with a scanner to avoid collisions, powered by rechargeable lithium batteries, and had multiple cameras.
The efforts of robots have liberated employees, allowed them to spend more time serving their customers, and helped reduce the risk of food spills, the giant said.
Maturo said that because he was working as an assistant, Marty did not replace human work.
The customer\'s response is basically positive, he said.
People often \"just pass by\" robots, says Matero.
\"Then, most people are very excited to see a robot in the store,\" he said . \".
\"They tend to take photos, videos and selfies with robots,\" he added . \".
\"It\'s cool.
In a statement to The Washington Post, Mark Peron, president of the Union of Food and business workers international coalition --
Workers representing grocery stores such as Kroger, Ralphs, Albertsons, Safeway and Vons
The technologies described above can be a useful force, but cannot be at the expense of workers and the economy.
\"The aggressive expansion of grocery and retail store automation poses a direct threat to the millions of American workers who power these industries and their customers,\" the statement said . \".
\"When companies automate these jobs, they hurt workers who need them to make a living.
They also cheat customers at the same price, forcing them to provide inferior services and products.
\"We will pay attention.
The statement added.
\"It remains to be seen what the giant will eventually use this technology.
\"The giant is not the only retailer to turn to robots to regulate many of its aisles.
On December, Wal-Mart announced plans to place 360 automatic robots in stores across the country by the end of January.
Their job: clean up the spacious aisles of the store and collect data in the process.
These robot custodians are powered by the brain company in San Diego.
A technology company that works with Wal-Mart.
The retailer has more than 100 devices operating in its stores.
Automation will allow workers to perform new tasks in some industries, but it will not prevent millions of people from changing careers or upgrading their skills in the next few years, according to a report released by McKinsey Global Research Institute last year.
The report estimates that up to 0. 8 billion people could lose their jobs by 2030.
Some of these work sounds like Wal-Mart\'s clean floor.
\"Activities that are most susceptible to automation include physical activities in predictable environments, such as operating machinery and preparing fast food,\" the report notes . \".
\"Collecting and processing data is two other types of activities that more and more people can do better and faster through machines. ”
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