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.