For some time, robotics experts have forecast that robots will replace many of the jobs within the retail industry. This is particularly true for checkout functions and packaging. Amazon.com Inc. is at the forefront of the retail automation industry. It stands to reason it will apply some of its expertise to grocery store company Whole Foods, which it recently bought.
Amazon has a suite of products that could supplement or replace
humans in a retail operation. Among these, Alexa is the most obvious. It
could answer questions about groceries that range from prices to
nutritional values, which are functions provided by humans.. . . more