Warehousing, the part of the supply chain for the distribution of goods from factories to consumers. The officers who were previously busy arranging goods have now begun to be replaced by robots. The existing robots are even more sophisticated and can almost completely work like humans.
E-commerce leaders such as Amazon in the United States and Alibaba in China have proven that robotic systems are more effective and efficient. Logistics companies such as Yusen Logistics from Japan also build warehouses based on robotic technology.
Like other industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the demand for robotic systems for warehousing. If it cannot be fully implemented, a robotic system can also be used to enforce social distancing in warehouses. The officers still work on the spot, the robots deliver the goods to them.
According to Dwight Klappich, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, such a Goods to Person (G2P) system is an easy and economical way not only to enforce social distancing, but also to increase productivity.
“Keeping people in place and using virus-resistant robots to move goods can safeguard people’s privacy and keep them safe at the same time,” Klappich said in a statement on Tuesday (26/1) last week.
Apart from that, the G2P system also offers the added benefit of being a better storage density than humans do. Of course, artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics (AA) technology plays a very important role in the development of the system.
Therefore, based on Gartner’s forecast, the demand for warehousing robotic systems, especially those that support the G2P pattern, will quadruple in the next two years. Although the value was not stated, the growth leap will be extraordinary.