- The Washington Times - Friday, May 23, 2014

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said to investors that by the end of the year, he would have up to 10,000 robots filling customer orders in company warehouses — a significant jump over the 1,000 or so that are already there.

An Amazon spokeswoman was quick to point out to CNN that the additional robots wouldn’t reduce the number of human workers already employed at the company.

The robots come from Kiva Systems, a firm that Amazon purchased two years ago for the price tag of $775 million, CNN said.

The robots that are planned for the floor are going through months of planning and testing. But Mr. Bezos said he expects the switch to robotic labor will cut substantial costs in the order fulfillment end, CNN said.

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