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Walmart Expands Its Robotic Workforce to 650 Additional Stores

Shelf-scanning devices aim to help reduce out-of-stock items that collectively cost retailers a trillion dollars a year. 

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Walmart Inc.’s robot army is growing.

The world’s largest retailer will add shelf-scanning robots to 650 more U.S. stores by the end of the summer, bringing its fleet to 1,000. The six-foot-tall Bossa Nova devices, equipped with 15 cameras each, roam aisles and send alerts to store employees’  handheld devices when items are out of stock, helping to solve a vexing problem that costs retailers nearly a trillion dollars annually, according to researcher IHL Group.