Robotic Workers

by | Sep 8, 2022

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There’s a worker void in Japan, so they’re bringing in the bots. I’m Brian Banmiller on Business.

Like most countries,  Japan has thousands of small convenience stores that are open around the clock and fully stocked with a number of products. The one thing they don’t have, a lot of workers. So, they are outsourcing the job of restocking the beverages to robots. In most of these stores the refrigerated drink space is near the back in the store which means people have to run back and forth between restocking and manning the register. It’s also cold, and people don’t enjoy standing in front of it for long periods of time. But the robots don’t mind. And thanks to artificial intelligence they can determine which drinks need to be replenished and make sure they are put in the right spot. The robot has tiny cameras so it can spot the empty shelf and identify what should go there. Then it moves back and forth on a track placing things in the right spot. Plus, it can restock up to 1,000 bottles and cans a day, faster than humans. Brian Banmiller, CBS News.

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CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.

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