Wal-Mart is replacing employees with drones

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Walmart Replacing Employees With Drones


Walmart's latest employees will look a lot like drones.

That's because they are, as the company's Vice President of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences revealed, just before its annual shareholders meeting.

The drones will displace inventory quality assurance workers, in an effort to slash the time for inventory checks at Walmart's massive distribution centers from one month to one day.

As for the inventory checkers replaced by the drones, Walmart says they'll be given new opportunities with the company.

Walmart is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA to develop the drone technology, which can take as many as 30 images a second from a mounted camera.

The camera then scans for tracking number matches, while an employee monitors its progress.

Walmart says the technology will be implemented in all of its distribution centers, but it's still six to nine months away, and there isn't a specific launch plan.

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1. Gift cards: Walmart has a decent selection of gift cards for retailers and restaurants. But instead of purchasing a gift card for full price at Walmart, why not check out discount gift card seller CardPool, where you can save up to 35 percent off face value.

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2. Entertainment: If you're looking for cheap books, you're typically better off shopping online. Amazon offers some of the lowest prices on books. If you're looking for tunes, steer clear of the CD aisle at the retail superstore and consider signing up for a music streaming service like Spotify Premium or Apple Music, which both cost less than $10 a month.

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3. Kids' toys and games: Before you pick up the latest Lego set or board game at Walmart, check its price on Amazon. According to Kiplinger, Amazon often beats Walmart's prices on toys and games by several dollars.

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4. Snack foods: Although Walmart does offer inexpensive store-brand snacks, if you're looking for cheap cookies, crackers, chips and other snack items, head to your local dollar store.

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5. Organic produce: Kerry Sherin, a savings expert from Offers.com, told GoBankingRates that stores with organic roots like Whole Food and Trader Joe's typically have a better selection and better prices on organic fruits and veggies than Walmart. "Shopping at stores with organic roots makes sense when these are the items you are purchasing," Sherin explains.

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6. Brand-name diapers: I prefer Pampers over store brand diapers. I spent a lot of time pricing them at different retailers when I first started buying them back in 2010 and Amazon was the cheapest option. It's an even better deal when you sign up for the free Amazon Family program, which could score you an even bigger diaper discount.

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7. Gift wrapping items: You'll really reap the savings by bypassing Walmart and heading to your local dollar store to stock up on gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue, bows and ribbon.

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8. Party supplies: Although Walmart does offer inexpensive party supplies, like plates, balloons, party favors and décor items, you can easily beat their prices by purchasing those items at the dollar store.

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9. Batteries: According to Kiplinger, you could pay up to twice as much per Duracell AA battery at Walmart than you would at Costco. So next time you need batteries, skip Walmart and hit up a warehouse club instead.

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