Amazon robot invasion planned via Kiva Systems

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Two years after acquiring North Reading-based robot maker Kiva Systems for $775 million, Amazon.com plans to ramp up the use of the stout warehouse worker bots over the next year.

Amazon currently has 1,382 mobile robots working at its warehouses, where they transport products to employees to pack for shipping. Last week, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos told shareholders that the number should grow to 10,000 by 2015.

The increased use of the robots won’t change the number of humans employed by Amazon, a company spokeswoman told CNN.

The ramp up follows a major hiring push by the Kiva Systems unit. Kiva Systems employed 250 at the time of the acquisition and has added more than 100 employees since then. The unit also continues to hire aggressively, with dozens of positions in engineering, manufacturing, and other areas currently posted.

Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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