U.S based operator of hypermarkets and retail corporation Walmart Inc. (WMT) has abandoned its earlier announced plans of using robots to track inventories in the company. This announcement means the world’s largest retailer will have to wait a bit longer to actualize its plans of using robots to track inventories.
Walmart said it had ended the partnership with Bossa Nova Robotics Inc. the two companies had worked to together for half a decade to improve customer service by using robots to scan shelves and assist shop staff.
Nonetheless, the company said it would continue trying out new technologies and investing in its own operations and apps to track inventory which will assist in moving products to the shelves quickly.
“This was one idea we tried in roughly 500 stores just as we are trying other ideas in additional stores,” said Walmart.
The company kicked off the robot initiative in 2017 under which the shelve-scanning robots would restore inventory back to the shelves faster when items run out. This initiative would help saving employees’ time.