Very's Co-Founder, Ben Wald, was recently interviewed for an article in Forbes, "Robots Are Taking The Store At Kroger, Walmart And Whole Foods. What Could Go Wrong?"
The grocery industry is ambitiously increasing its investment in shopper-facing robot technology as it responds to pressure from non-supermarket competition. According to Juniper Research, retailers are investing an estimated $3.6 billion in artificial intelligence (AI) technology globally and are expected to invest $12 billion by 2023.
"The cost savings realized through robots come, in part, through job efficiency (read: more work; fewer hours)," the article reads. "However, the jobs won’t fully disappear, said Ben Wald, cofounder of Very, an Internet of Things software development and design firm. 'In the AI-dominated world, employees who were once drivers, stockers or cashiers can be retrained to operate and maintain the devices and programs needed for food production, delivery and sales,' he said."
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