Wal-Mart Doubles Down on Robots in Fight Against Amazon

Published by , October 10, 2016 2:16 am

(NBCNews.com)  Wal-Mart is accelerating its investment in e-commerce in a bid to narrow the gap with Amazon. At the same time, Wal-Mart in the last year has installed new technology such as automated product sorting and improved item tracking that for the first time puts them on par with Amazon’s robot-staffed facilities.
Massive warehouses are key to Wal-Mart’s e-commerce strategy because they enable the company to deliver packages more economically when shipping online orders with multiple items. “These additions definitely give Wal-Mart the opportunity to compete better than other companies going head-to-head with Amazon,” said Steve Osburn, director of supply chain with consultancy Kurt Salmon, referring to the likes of Target and others.

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