Walmart is deploying autonomous forklifts in high-tech distribution centers

Walmart – the largest private employer in the U.S. – is deploying 19 autonomous forklifts across four high-technology distribution centers, in a move aimed at evaluating the impact on both associates and operational efficiency.

It’s another example of the retail giant ramping up its investment in artificial intelligence technology to keep a competitive edge over rivals.

Associates previously have operated FoxBot autonomous forklifts, designed to fully automate the warehouse loading dock at the Brooksville, Florida distribution center as part of a 16-month proof of concept, according to distrubution center general manager Maurice Gray.

The associates have been trained to operate these forklifts, which are manufactured by Fox Robotics.

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