Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will have 10,000 robots operating in its warehouses by the end of the year in a move to process online orders more efficiently.
CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the plan to add more robots during a shareholder meeting.
There are roughly 1,300 robot workers currently in operation in Amazon distribution centers which has helped the Internet giant cut costs and fulfill e-commerce orders faster. The technology for the robots was created by Kiva Systems Inc., which Amazon purchased for $775 million two years ago.
The increase won't change the number of actual people employed, an Amazon spokeswoman told CNN. Currently, Amazon has nearly 100,000 employees.
Amazon has been devising ways to get goods to customers even faster, as shoppers increasingly turn to the Web to order everyday household items. Amazon in December revealed it is testing flying robots that may be able to provide same-day delivery by 2015. The flying drones can make a delivery within 30 minutes, and could be operating within five years pending Federal Aviation Administration approval. The drones will be able to transport packages 5 pounds or less within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center.
-See this CNN article
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