It appears even the super-leftist Amazon does not want to put up with the labor union agenda. The company last week introduced “Sparrow,” a new robot that can do work on products in its warehouses.
“Sparrow is the first robotic system in our warehouses that can detect, select, and handle individual products in our inventory,” the company announced in a news release Thursday.
This is the newest robot deployed by the massive online retailer, according to The Western Journal.
“Over the past decade, Amazon has been at the forefront of innovation, making significant investments in robotics and advanced technology within its operations,” the news release read. “Our dedicated teams of roboticists, engineers, software developers, and other experts have been developing solutions that allow us to automate fundamental capabilities — like how we move, handle, sort, identify, and store products.
“A critical part of our fulfillment process happens before items are even packaged for shipment to customers. Sophisticated technology moves totes to employees who select inventory to be packaged.”
“Once the items are boxed up, our existing robotic arms — like Robin and our recently announced Cardinal — can then redirect packages to various locations in the warehouse before they begin their delivery journey.”
Meet Sparrow. Amazon’s new intelligent robotic system that streamlines the fulfillment process by moving individual products before they get packaged, announced today at our #DeliveringTheFuture event: https://t.co/gbDj6fUi8o pic.twitter.com/0O3D4DgSa8
— Amazon Science (@AmazonScience) November 10, 2022
“In our focus on robotics, we knew we had an opportunity to dig deeper into research and development to support individual product handling,” said the news release. “We have millions of products of all shapes and sizes in our inventory, and we recognized the opportunity to invent new technology that could help handle them at Amazon’s scale.”
This news comes after employees at one of Amazon’s New York City warehouses voted in April to join a newly formed Amazon Labor Union in what proved to be a historic win.
Both present and former Amazon warehouse workers have since expressed concerns that the robot will “will take my job,” according to Business Insider.
“On social media forums for Amazon warehouse workers, users discussed the likelihood that Sparrow could leave warehouses ‘quiet,’ save for small teams of humans there to repair the robots,” said the report.
A former Amazon warehouse employee agreed.
“You can’t compete with the robots,” Mohamed Mire Mohamed said. “They want you to compete with the robots. They want all the employees to compete with them. But who can win against a robot?”