Human-like robot successfully completes retail tasks in the first-ever trial

A Sanctuary AI robot has successfully completed 110 retail-related tasks in the first ever deployment of its kind at a Mark’s retail store in Langley, BC, Canada during a week-long trial period.

The store tested the robot in a variety of tasks, such as picking and packing merchandise, cleaning, tagging, labelling, folding and more. According to Sanctuary AI, it had only previously performed such tasks in a controlled environment.

“Many organizations are facing labour challenges. Our population is aging, birth rates are declining, and workers have more choice for what they do and where they work than ever in history,” said Geordie Rose, co-founder and CEO, Sanctuary AI.


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“Through our partnership with Canadian Tire Corporation, we worked on analyzing how their work was done and what work people like and don’t like doing, in both their retail and distribution center environments.

“In January we deployed a general-purpose robot to a retail store to attempt to perform many necessary but rudimentary tasks that people note finding unsatisfying or unfavorable. The results were spectacular. We are ecstatic to have accomplished this with Canadian Tire Corporation, one of Canada’s leading companies.”




This, according to Cari Covent, VP of Data, Analytics and AI, will allow workers to focus on customer service and engagement rather than manual work.

Sanctuary AI general-purpose robots could be deployed for physical labour within any industry.

The first deployment of human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots at a facility was done with the help of Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC).

According to Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood, the growth of automation in the Amazon workplace will pick up the pace this decade, with robot workers possibly surpassing its human employees.

“So we are just at the dawn of the robotics age. And I would say artificial intelligence and battery technology are all a part of that movement as well,” she added.

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  • curry’s already have meet and greet robots…with Ai improving all the time a lot of jobs will disappear..no breaks no holidays no sickness no employee litigation no tribunals

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  • Leslie Clive Bedford
    March 10, 2023 2:23 pm

    Would like to see a robot collect customer shopping trollies without smashing up the cars in the car park.I was a Customer Assistant:Trolleys for 29 (1986-2015) years of my 35 (1980-2015) years of my career,employment,experience and service before I retired.

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