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Amazon is rolling out machines to box customer orders

14 May 2019

The tech giant is deploying machines to warehouses to automate the process of   customer orders, reports Reuters.

Citing “two people who worked on the project,” Reuters reports the machines scan goods on a conveyor belt, then place them in custom-built boxes.

The report also said Amazon has considered adding them to more warehouses, cutting 24 jobs at each location.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Amazon confirmed it is testing out the machines. “We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times and adding efficiency across our network,” read Amazon’s statement. “We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”

As automation continues to spread across industries nationwide, workers are concerned the shift could put them out of work. According to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 58% of CEOs said they plan to cut jobs in the next five years because of automation, while 16% say they will add jobs.

A 2017 report by the McKinsey Global Institute said automation could slash as many as 73 million jobs by 2030 but might be offset by economic growth and rising productivity.

By Brett Molina

Source: USA Today