by Kate Petrovic, Liliana Pino, Tristan Pol, Jacob Piaseckyj, Anthony Pena, Justin Rabin and Gabriel Porges
Many people when they think of “retail automation” may think of humanoid robots patrolling aisles, operating checkout, or restocking items. However, this is pretty far from the actual reality of automation in retail. Most of the so-called “robots” in the retail industry are simple machines and algorithms used to do a tedious or unskilled job. For example, a lot of automation is stocking databases and supply systems that keep the items in stock.