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Amazon to open new warehouse that will use robotics in Alberta next year [Video]

Amazon.com Inc. will turn to robots to help pick, pack and ship parcels at a new Canadian facility.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company said Monday that it will use robotics to put together small orders of books, electronics and toys at a new warehouse in Parkland County, Alta., west of Edmonton.

The technology has been used at other Amazon warehouses since 2012, but the company said the 5,574 square-metre Parkland location will be its first robotics facility in Alberta.

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“We’re excited to expand our operations and create great, safe careers of the future for talented Albertans starting on day one,” said Vibhore Arora, a regional director at Amazon Canada, in a release.

“Robotics and advanced technologies make our fulfilment centres safer and more collaborative.”

Despite the warehouse’s use of robots, Amazon said it will hire more than 1,000 full– and part-time staff to work at the facility, which is expected to open next …

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