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Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

A 6-axis robotic arm picking up sorting containers at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Baltimore, Maryland, US. The new machines, known as the CartonWrap, pack much faster than humans. They crank out 600 to 700 boxes per hour, or four to five times the rate of a human packer, sources say.

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AMAZON.COM Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.

The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years that scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelops them...

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