The warehouse automation market has undergone a major transformation in recent years. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are the future of warehouse sortation and transportation. Adapting a fleet of autonomous robots to do what traditionally has been done by large, expensive and fixed structural systems is the new way of operating, and is here to stay.
In the past, warehouses relied on fixed conveyor systems to sort and transport goods from one location to another within the facility. However, the rapid growth of e-commerce, as well as supply-chain disruptions experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, have accelerated the warehouse-automation market and its adoption rate today. As a result, there’s a broad range of new mobile robot options and vendors offering many advantages over traditional fixed automation.
Some of the key benefits of today’s AMR systems include:
As fulfillment methods and customer shopping habits continue to change, flexibility in robotics systems is becoming more important than ever. To survive in today’s dynamic business environment, retailers need options that are cost-effective, rapidly deployed, and capable of adapting to current and future needs.
Mike Futch is President of Tompkins Robotics.
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