Another job bites the dust: robots gear up to box your online order
Robot “pickers” 50% faster than human counterparts are coming
Companies including US’ retail-chain owner Hudson Bay and Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com have already begun testing robots that can pick out items and box them, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Some developers say their machines can move consumer products 50% faster than humans, as logistics firms hope the advances can help them keep pace with the rapid growth seen in online sales.
“When you’re talking about hundreds of millions of units, those numbers can be very significant,” Marc Wulfraat, president of consulting firm MWPVL was quoted as saying. While the technology isn’t yet ready for prime time, “it’s going to be a significant edge for whoever gets there first,” he said.