At Walmart’s shareholder meeting this week the company revealed its plans on how it plans to stay competitive with its rivals.

The company announced that it will be using drones to check warehouse inventories in the U.S., as reported by Nandita Bose of Reuters. They expect to happen this year.  

The remotely controlled drone can captured 30 frames per second of products on aisles and alerted the user when product ran out or was incorrectly stocked. This represents an enormous savings as the drones will reduce the process of checking inventory, which usually takes one month, to one day, according to Shekar Natarajan, vice president of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences, for Walmart. 

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