July 19, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

Robots, Workers And Amazon (Jon Markman, 7/18/16, Forbes)

Two weeks ago, a team of Dutch engineers won the Amazon Picking Challenge. The international competition honors engineering teams for building robots with human-like dexterity.

It's not tough to see why such robots appeal to Amazon. The company is a recognized leader in the drive for workplace automation -- and that's a good thing given its razor-thin margins. Back in 2012 it bought Kiva, a robotic outfit, for $775 million. At the time the company was building out several gigantic warehouses. The Kiva implementation was eye opening because its tiny motorized robots moved entire shelves. Very quickly humans became the minority in the new state-of-the-art fulfillment centers, relegated to picking products from shelves whizzing by.

Now Amazon wants to replace the pickers too.

Posted by at July 19, 2016 3:16 PM

  

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