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Thanks to a rapidly growing and increasingly competitive ecosystem of robotic solution providers, the last five years have seen automation become much more accessible to retailers and Logistics Service Providers (LSPs). Robots are providing far greater flexibility and dramatically expediting the Return on Investment (ROI) of warehouse automation. By combining high order throughput rates and operational efficiency with scalability and flexibility, robots represent a major opportunity for the warehouse and the supply chain more widely.

This report explores the technical components of robotic systems used in e-commerce fulfillment and makes a commercial comparison between these systems and existing automation technologies and manual approaches. The report also forecasts the rate of adoption of robots in the warehouse and the long-term impact this will have on the e-commerce value chain.

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Key Trends
    • 1.2. Key Recommendations
  • 2. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
    • 2.1. Fixed Mechanical Automation
    • 2.2. Mobile Robotics
    • 2.3. Fixed Robotics
    • 2.4. Software and Systems Integration
    • 2.5. Connectivity
  • 3. THE MACRO MARKET
    • 3.1. E-commerce Growth
    • 3.2. Logistics Service Providers
    • 3.3. The Rise of Direct-to-Customer
    • 3.4. Factors Affecting Adoption
  • 4. SUPPLY CHAIN IMPACT
    • 4.1. Internalizing the Supply Chain
    • 4.2. Inventory Management
    • 4.3. Supply Chain Planning
    • 4.4. Micro-Fulfillment Centers
    • 4.5. Leveling the Playing Field
  • 5. END-TO-END AUTOMATION
    • 5.1. Making the Business Case
    • 5.2. Connecting the Dots
    • 5.3. Computer Vision Driving Versatility
    • 5.4. Weak Links
  • 6. FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
    • 6.1. Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization
    • 6.2. 5G in the Warehouse
    • 6.3. Drones
  • 7. DEPLOYMENTS
    • 7.1. Alibaba
    • 7.2. DHL
    • 7.3. John Lewis
    • 7.4. Ocado
    • 7.5. Rakuten Super Logistics
    • 7.6. Ryder
    • 7.7. XPO Logistics
    • 7.8. Zalando
  • 8. COMPANY PROFILES
    • 8.1. Amazon
    • 8.2. Fetch Robotics
    • 8.3. Geek+ Robotics
    • 8.4. JD.com
    • 8.5. RightHand Robotics