Convenience store Family Mart employs its first robot stocker

Originally published on Sora News by Master Blaster

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This is not the cat-monster robot future I was promised.

It’s a problem that has been plaguing the industry for years now. The lucrative convenience store business has expanded to such a degree that the growth of stores is outpacing the available labor. Add in ongoing issues with wages and late hours, and you have all the ingredients for a full-blown labor crisis.

▼ When 7-Eleven builds a 7-Eleven in the parking lot of another 7-Eleven and post guards at the doors, you know something’s not quite right

So, as we’ve seen, the major chains have been

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