Watch out R2D2, there’s a new sheriff in town!
By Donna Tam
As Amazon gears up for Cyber Monday and the busy holiday shopping season, it’s getting help from thousands of robots that search through millions of items to ensure the right item gets shipped to the right customer.
Amazon employee Rejinaldo Rosales used to wander stacks of shelves to pick up merchandise for orders before finally returning to his station to place them in bins and send them to their next stop.
But this summer, squat orange robots, called Kiva, began zooming around the shelves instead, picking up goods and carrying them to Rosales at his station. The result? What used to take hours of walking can happen in mere minutes instead.
Rosales, 34, who works at an Amazon fulfillment center in this Central Valley city about an hour and a half away from San Francisco, said he likes his new robotic coworkers. While walking the aisles was “good cardio,” the new system lets him get through more orders since he stands in one place, he said.
Check out these nifty little (but powerful and smart) Kiva Robots!
So as you’re placing your orders for Christmas gifts with Amazon this year, you can smile and know the mighty Orange Robots are on the job!