Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 409 words, a 2-minute read.
🇷🇺I highly recommend Axios World editor David Lawler's mini-dive into Vladimir Putin.
Delivery robot from Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/AFP via Getty Images
Look out for the first of the retail robots as you shop this year, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
Why it matters: From machines that can restock shelves to robot deliverers, automation is creeping into the retail industry.
Between the lines: On top of the more than 15 million Americans who work in retail year-round, companies routinely hire hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to staff stores and warehouses during big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Piaggio is marketing the robot as a seamless way to lug your groceries or shopping bags around a city. But the company will have to find other uses for the bot to make money off of it, analysts tell AP.
The big picture: This new bot joins dozens of others in the retail industry.
Go deeper: A crisis for retail jobs
Pope Francis waves from the popemobile as he drives around Tokyo Dome before conducting Mass on the third day of his four-day visit to Japan.
Conan, the very good dog who was on the mission that took down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, visited the White House today.