Amazon has shown us time and again that not only is it a leader in the e-commerce industry, it is also very innovative when it comes to its use of technology. The company had a pretty interesting 2016 as it managed to massively expand its army of warehouse robots, while not forgetting that it’s having its sights on a floating warehouse.
According to a report by The Seattle Times, Amazon now has a whopping 45,000 robots across its 20 fulfillment centers. In 2015, the company reported that it had 30,000 robots working alongside 230,000 people.
The company acquired a robotics company back in 2012 for $775 million, so we are not very surprised that its army of robots is growing by the day. Kiva’s robots have made it possible to automate most picking and packing tasks at large warehouses, and this has indeed helped the company become more efficient. The 16 inches tall robots can move at a speed of 5mph and they can carry packages that are as big as 317kg.
The e-commerce giant has also been using other types of robots in its warehouses, and these include large robotic arms that can move large pallets of Amazon stocks. Going forward, the company is expected to be adding about 15,000 robots yearly, meaning that more of its processes will be automated in coming years.