Material Handling / Logistics / Supply Chain

Warehouse Korber JohnColumn1 400x275Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are quickly becoming a must-have technology for warehouses, especially those that perform e-commerce fulfillment operations. Research firm Interact Analysis predicts that by 2025, 2.1 million mobile robots will have been shipped worldwide. Many that assume this growth is being driven by the ever-present desire to reduce operational costs are often overlooking other drivers. While operational cost reduction is important and measurable, there are far more impactful issues driving the investments of AMR technologies today.

 

7 Eleven Nuro 400x2757-Eleven and Nuro have announced a pilot program for autonomous delivery in the state of California. Residents in Mountain View, Calif., can order products through the 7NOW delivery app and have them delivered by a self-driving vehicle.

 

NeoCortex PalletSorter400x275Universal Logic, which develops the Neocortex AI robot control software, has announced a deal for its fully integrated Neocortex Pallet Sorter system in several distribution centers of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG).

 

SeegridPalionLift400x275Seegrid, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling tasks, has announced new details about the technology that powers its Palion Lift AMR, the company’s first autonomous lift truck. Seegrid said Palion Lift includes the latest generation of Seegrid IQ, the company’s autonomy technology, and “is the only lift truck AMR in the market with industry-leading 3D perception.”

 

HAIPICK WINIT 400x275HAI Robotics, which develops autonomous case-handling robotics systems (ACR) for warehouse logistics operations, has announced the deployment of its first project in the U.K. with Chinese cross-border warehouse operator WINIT.

 

NimbleFulfillment400x275Nimble Robotics, which develops robotics for e-commerce fulfillment purposes, has announced some details regarding its intelligent robots picking and packing hundreds of thousands of customer orders. The company said it is working with several well-known brands, including Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, NFI/CalCartage, iHerb, Adore Me, Weee! and others. Nimble robots are also being integrated by solution integrators that include AutoStore, OPEX, Bastian, Swisslog, TGW and Kuecker Pulse Integration (KPI).

 

AutoFlightFunding400x275AutoFlight, which is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technologies, has announced a $100 million Series A investment by European technology investor Lukasz Gadowski, and his company, Team Global. The new funding will be used for international expansion as well as scaling cargo eVTOL production for customers.

 

InVia Gnarlywood 3PL 400x275The rise of e-commerce from consumers has also placed demand on retailers to fill orders faster. Here's why many are turning to third-party logistics providers, and why those companies are turning to robots and automation.

 

HondaWorkVehicle400x275Honda and Black & Veatch have announced a successful test of the prototype Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle (AWV) at a Black & Veatch construction site in New Mexico. During the month-long field test, the second-generation of the fully electric Honda AWV was able to perform several tasks at a large-scale solar energy construction project, including towing activities and transporting construction materials, water, and other supplies to pre-set destinations within the work site.

 

BG roboticpicker 400x275Berkshire Grey has announced that Florida-based home goods and apparel retailer Bealls, Inc., has chosen BG’s robotic automation systems to handle expanding merchandise categories and fulfill orders quicker. The artificial-intelligence systems will be used to help increase the processing capacity and throughput needed to meet surging customer demand. 

 

Fanuc LR 10ia10 400x275FANUC America, which supplies CNCs and robotics offerings for manufacturers and warehouse operations, has announced the new LR-10iA/10 robot, designed for machine tending and picking applications found in warehousing and logistics markets.

 

DHL auto forklift400x275DHL Supply Chain, which offers contract logistics operations and is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has announced the first U.S. deployment of autonomous forklifts in the warehouse. The implementation is the result of a strategic collaboration between DHL, Crown Equipment and JBT Corporation to integrate automation technology into a fast-paced third-party logistics (3PL) environment.

 

MujinPalletizer QA hero400x275Robotics World recently chatted with Josh Cloer, director of sales for Mujin Corp., about the need for better training methods around industrial robots, the state of industrial robots within logistics, and the challenges of entering the U.S. robotics market.

 

KodiakRobotics400x275Kodiak Robotics, which is developing self-driving trucking systems, has announced it raised $125 million in an oversubscribed Series B round, for a total of $165 million raised to date. The company said it will use the new funding over the next 12 months to double employee headcount by adding at least 85 new people to the team, expand autonomous service capabilities from coast to coast, and add a minimum of 15 new trucks for a total of at least 25 autonomous vehicles.

 

IFR MIR 400x275The International Federation of Robotics has reported that the market of professional service robots worldwide has reached $6.7 billion, up 12% compared with 2020. At the same time, sales of new consumer service robots grew 16% to $4.4 billion. The figures are part of the IFR’s World Robotics 2021 report.

 

Gatik Walmart400x275Gatik and Walmart have announced that Gatik is operating daily without a safety driver behind the wheel for delivery routes in Bentonville, Ark., moving customer orders between a Walmart dark store and a Neighborhood Market with its fleet of multi-temperature autonomous box trucks. Gatik said it represents the first time that an autonomous trucking company has removed the safety driver from a commercial delivery route on the middle mile anywhere in the world.