Bonney Lake Walmart’s robot zips along in tech revolution that’s raising big questions for workers

Doug Jones, a stocker and unloader at the Bonney Lake Walmart, takes an item off the end of the FAST unloader, a new device that changes the way they unload trucks to the store. FAST stands for flexible automated sorting technology, and it’s a large conveyor belt system that scans items and puts them in organized areas for shelving. The upgrades are part of a $36 million investment in new technologies and upgrades to Walmarts in Washington state (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Doug Jones, a stocker at the Bonney Lake Walmart, takes an item off FAST, a new device that changes the way trucks are unloaded by scanning and putting items in organized areas for shelving. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Walmart recently said it plans to spend $36 million remodeling seven Washington state stores. The project will include deploying autonomous floor scrubbers, smart conveyor belts, and 16-foot-tall vending machines called pickup towers that dispense products ordered online.

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