Amazon employs robots over humans

Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018

Author: Robert Ward

Robots will cover the work of 20,000 employees at Amazon’s “fulfilment centres” over the Black Friday and Christmas periods. The company’s growing reliance on automated workers could be due to Amazon’s purchase of Kiva Systems, a US-based robotics company.

The robots process the sorting, packing and shipping of Amazon packages at least four times faster than a human could and were rolled out to Amazon warehouses in 2014. Analysts believe that the robots save Amazon as much as £2bn when compared to paying wages to human workers.

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