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More than 10,000 robots are slated to be rolled out in Amazon's fulfillment centers nationally by the end of the year.

The company revealed the move last week during the company's annual shareholders meeting, but company officials said the move should not impact employment at the centers.

Amazon employs thousands of workers in Tennessee at distribution centers near Chattanooga and in Murfreesboro and Lebanon in the Nashville metro area.

The new robots are made by Kiva Systems, which was purchased by Amazon in 2012. The massive online retailers currently uses about 1,300 of the robots in the company's distribution system.

The robots are designed to move shelving throughout the massive warehouses to help workers retrieve items faster. The robots are currently in use at the Saks warehouse near Nashville.

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