Walmart (WMT) Bringing Shelve-Scanning Automation to a Number of Stores - TheStreet

Robots could soon be taking over a Walmart (WMT) - Get Report near you.

The retailer said on Thursday that it will begin testing automation technology to carry out tasks it considers "repeatable, predictable and manual," including scanning shelves for out-of-stock products, inaccurate prices, or missing labels.

"This new shelf-scanning technology frees up time for our associates to focus on what they tell us are the most important and exciting parts of working at Walmart - serving customers and selling merchandise," Walmart said.

Image placeholder title

Walmart has tested the technology in a limited number of its stores throughout Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and California and is now readying to expand its presence into an additional 50 locations.

"This combination of people and technology is helping make our stores more convenient and easier to shop, ensuring that products are available when our customers want them. It's just another example of how we're using technology to save our associates and customers time," Walmart said.

Shares of Walmart were up 0.49% to $88.91 in early trading on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Walmart wants to deliver your grocery order directly to your fridge:

More of What's Trending on TheStreet: