Logistics and Shipping Market Research Reports as companies continue to participate in the race to provide packages to costumer to their door steps as soon as possible they also need location to distribute packages to delivery driver. This problem is solved by none other than warehouse who constantly searches for better technology and other resources to smoother the process for company. Changes in dynamism and technology became the reason for automation to come into existence where warehouses upgraded themselves to the use of Robots to increase package sorting capacity, reduce human error and alleviate repetitive stress on employees. Industry veterans claimed that,” robots are not meant to replace humans but to increase the productivity with the same size of workforce. “
In 2009 first robot kiva was seen and was predicted that it would change the face of warehousing. Amazon was using over 30000 of these robots and then renamed kiva robot to Amazon robot. However competitors are not behind in the queue of ongoing rapid growth of e-commerce and are continuously emerging with new solutions to accommodate high volume of small, multi-line orders so that they could realign their capabilities to fit with fast and accurate warehouse demand profile.
In warehouse automation market, there has been growing adoption of goods-to-person automation, namely in the form of shuttle services that offer high levels of performance and flexibility. These new robots were called autonomous mobile robotics (AMR). These robots take multiple roles from lifting to moving an entire stack of shelves to a shipping station. Robots such as 6 River and locus are smaller ones that roam the aisle of a warehouse who work in cooperation with humans.
Increase order picking throughput
Increase inventory density in a warehouse
Reduce utility cost including lighting and air conditioning
Reduce shrinkage by limiting human interaction with stock items
Reduce labor cost.
Robots are taking on multiple roles inside warehouses. Kiva’s robots can lift and move an entire stack of shelves to a shipping station where a human worker extracts the needed items.
A business must carefully evaluate the requirements of the robotic automation and the overall business requirements for each situation needs to be considered, including capital expense, operating savings, performance improvement and customer service enhancement. Growth in robotic automation has led to consolidation of many smaller warehouses spread across various states.
Logistics and Shipping Industry Analysis speculated that in developing countries like India, three to five years down the line warehouse will be more agile, dynamic and smart. Due to lack of fixed infrastructure and processes, they will work on AI and real time management of warehouse operations. Automation will devise cost effective ways for quicker deliveries and minimize operational inefficiencies. In India the maximum impact of implementation of goods and services tax would be on supply chain. In terms of developed countries they are already diversifying their ground by automation. Leading players of the market such as knapp, locus, swisslog, Greyorange, fetch, scallog and many more continue to expand in this field.
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