Robot retail is here

The robot prototype made by Bossa Nova Robotics, a San Francisco company, presages the automation that customers could start encountering soon in Lowe’s and other retail stores, even if their presence means fewer jobs for human employees.

In Lowe’s, the robot’s job is simple. It rolls up and down the aisles auditing the shelves to make sure they’re stocked with the correct products at the correct prices. If there are gaps on the shelves, the robot lets the human store workers know so they can restock the shelves.

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