Walmart sees automation as the future

Walmart sees investments in automation as one of the key factors driving its profitability in the years ahead, Doug McMillon, president and CEO of the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, said at an investor presentation on Wednesday.

Speaking at the 2022 Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference, McMillon said that robotic warehouses, in which goods are moved by unmanned wheeled carts, will not only reduce the need for workers in the warehouses themselves, but also in the stores where the goods are received.

More Amazon copying here. Once they got rid of Marc Lore, they started essentially straight copying Amazon, and it’s honestly working out quite well for them.

I was interviewed about this recently here:

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WalMart had removed some automation, too. Automated BOPIS collection towers? gone. I think they also had some robots to stock count/assess on shelf availability/do price integrity work, and I think these are also gone