Central Valley

Amazon.com employee Rejinaldo Rosales used to wander stacks of shelves to pick up merchandise for orders before finally returning to his station to place them in bins and send them to their next stop. But this summer, squat orange robots, called Kiva, began zooming around the shelves instead, picking up goods and carrying them to Rosales at his station. The result? What used to take hours of walking can happen in mere minutes instead. While walking the aisles was "good cardio," the new system lets him get through more orders since he stands in one place, Rosales said. 

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has opened five Neighborhood Market stores in California’s Central Valley, according to The Sacramento Bee. The new small-format grocery stores are located on Marconi Avenue. in Sacramento; Douglas Boulevard....

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