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Amazon Blogs about Robots on Labor Day Weekend

Amazon Robotics

Amazon RoboticsAmazon wants to set the record straight about its use of robots, publishing a post titled, “5 facts to know about Amazon Robotics.” Included as one of its facts: “Robots do not replace employees.”

The timing of its post struck us as a bit peculiar, coming over the US Labor Day weekend that celebrates workers, though it was posted on the Amazon EU blog.

The company explained, “Since the launch of Amazon Robotics at our fulfillment centers in 2012, we’ve created around 300,000 jobs worldwide at Amazon. The smart systems support our employees in their tasks. We continue to invest in new logistics centers and jobs.”

Other facts: “Robots make work easier for our employees,” and, “Robotics allows to process orders faster and supports a greater selection of products for customers.”

Also included were these interesting factoids:

– One Amazon robot can move 340 kilograms (about 750 pounds) of weight

– The robots move at a speed of approx. 5.5 kilometer/hour (about 3.4 miles per hour)

– Amazon robots are created at the headquarters of “Amazon Robotics” in North Reading near Boston, in Massachusetts, USA.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.