Amazon has revealed its latest warehouse robot. Sparrow is Amazon’s latest warehouse robot. It can recognize, select, and handle individual products from our inventory. Amazon claims that the robotic arm uses AI to recognize millions of products and can be used to handle them.
According to the company, robots will make warehouse operations more efficient and safer. Amazon stated that Sparrow will perform repetitive tasks, allowing employees to concentrate their energy on other areas and improving safety. Sparrow will also help us increase efficiency by automating a critical aspect of our fulfillment process so that we can continue to deliver to customers. It also stated that robots have enabled it to create over 700 new job categories.
Amazon has a poor record in terms of conditions for warehouse workers, especially when robots are involved. In 2020, the Reveal publication by the Center for Investigative Reporting published a report showing that Amazon employees who work in automated warehouses sustained 50 percent more serious injuries than those who work in facilities that don’t use robots.
According to the report, Amazon increased workers’ quotas by using robots. They now scan 400 items per hour, instead of 100, according to the report. “The data back up the accounts of Amazon warehouse workers and former safety professionals who say the company has used the robots to ratchet up production quotas to the point that humans can’t keep up without hurting themselves,” the report reads.
The US government began investigating Amazon in July over alleged unsafe work conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections that were “related” to Amazon’s warehouse workers’ work pace.
Amazon hired Sparrow to help unionize warehouse workers. Robots are now taking over some tasks in some cases. Workers at JFK8 fulfillment center on Staten Island voted in March to unionize. This was the first Amazon warehouse to do this. The company has challenged results of the election. The company has challenged the election results. Some stories contain affiliate links. Affiliate commissions may be earned if you purchase through one of these links. All prices correct at time of publication.