Amazon is rolling out robots that can pack as many as 600 to 700 boxes per hour across dozens of its warehouses, according to Reuters. Two robots would be able to take the place of at least 24 people.
It’s latest of Amazon’s efforts to automate more of its business. The devices cost about $1 million each and Amazon expects to recoup that in two years. They are made by an Italian company called CMC Srl, according to Reuters, and have also been used by Walmart, JD.com and Shutterfly.
The question is, how much of its workforce can Amazon automate and how fast? Amazon employs more than 600,000 people. The story says that Amazon’s aim is to retrain workers to take different jobs. But Amazon isn’t the only company looking to automate roles previously filled by humans, and it remains unclear what the impact will be on jobs.