While the physical distance between people is seen as a danger at this time of a pandemic, stores are turning their attention to robots to perform important tasks. Using robots reduces costs for companies and helps reduce the spread of infection. Meanwhile, concerns were expressed that automation threatens work in stores, and unemployment in the country has increased. In addition, the closure of the country as a result of a pandemic forces some companies to close their businesses forever.
Before the coronavirus pandemic led to the closure of stores around the world, companies began using robots such as Tally. This automated robot can do store inventory.
Experts say the pandemic has accelerated this trend as companies seek to cut costs and ensure the safety of their customers and employees.
Tally was created by Sible Technologies from San Francisco, California. Brad Bogolea is the head of the company.
“Tally is a fully autonomous robot designed to help stores improve inventory. The work of the robot is to ensure that the store is always provided with the necessary products on certain shelves and reflect the correct price. ”
The company has leased the robot to supermarkets, pharmacies and other stores around the world.
“The pandemic has further increased the need for automation and the best inverters in stores. I believe that the participation of robots in this area will increase. This helps in physical distance, as actions are performed by the robot,” says Mr. Bogolea.
San Diego’s Brain Corp manufactures a robotic system that can automate existing machines. Its main product is an automatic machine that cleans the floor while the store is closed.
“This monotonous job done by automated machines allows staff to do other more important tasks.”
The company says more than 10,000 of these robots are used in stores, schools, and airports.
“We are not trying to replace people because a person is universal and can do many things.”
San Francisco-based Bossa Nova launches robots similar to Tally. Last year, robots, making an inventory, were installed in 350 stores, and this year its robots will be placed in 1,000 stores of the Walmart chain.
Although robots perform more tasks that humans previously performed, this can reduce the need for a working hand at a time when pandemics cause rising unemployment worldwide. Michael Chui is an analyst at McKinsey Global Institute.
“Robots don’t get sick, but there are times when they have flaws. They reduce human contact and can prevent the spread of the disease. The benefits that robots bring are economic. But the question is what will happen to the employees who performed the work that the robots are now doing? “
The United States has approved nearly $ 3 trillion in economic assistance since March to help the US states and families hit by the economic downturn as a result of the pandemic.