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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace


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A robot monitors inventory on a grocery's shelves.

The results of a new survey by RetailWire and Brain Corp. support the conclusion that COVID-19 has hastened automation development and adoption.

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The results of a survey by retail news and analysis firm RetailWire and commercial robotics company Brain Corp. indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

The poll estimated that 64% of retailers consider it important to have a clear, executable, and budgeted robotics automation strategy in place this year; almost half plan to participate in an in-store robotics project in the next 18 months.

Brain Corp.'s Josh Baylin said, "The global pandemic brought the value of robotic automation sharply into focus for many retailers, and we now see them accelerating their deployment timelines to reap the advantages now and into the future."

Heightened focus on cleanliness is one of the key drivers of adoption.

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