How Autonomous Mobile Robots Are Changing the Logistics Landscape

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As the e-commerce and on-demand economy continue to grow worldwide, a new generation of autonomous mobile robots are helping companies tackle major labor challenges posed by this rapid expansion and demand.

A recent report by Tractica Research estimates that the worldwide sales of warehousing and logistics robots will reach $22.4 billion by the end of 2021, with robot unit shipments reaching 620,000 units per year by 2021.

There are more than 50 existing and emerging firms vying for customers within this space. The following mini-case studies look at how three companies are aiming autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, to solve problems for logistics and e-commerce companies.

One of the early pioneers in this field is San Jose, Calif.-based Fetch Robotics, which has developed collaborative AMRs for locating, tracking, and moving inventory in warehouse and logistics facilities. The Fetch system includes a mobile robot base, modular attachments, and a unique cloud-based software system.

This three-pronged approach enables warehouses to achieve automation “in hours and days, as opposed to weeks and months,” said Joe Lau, director of product marketing at Fetch.

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