Now unbeatable, Amazon has dominated the warehouse robotics category for several years. It must be said that the retail giant has continued to play a major role in this segment since the acquisition of Kiva Systems in 2012. The one to whom we owe Amazon Robotics and which is still to this day the precursor of the robotization of warehouses.
For ten years now, Amazon has continued to show us how it dominates the market for warehouse automation. A breakthrough that has allowed the American giant to bring e-commerce into a new era. That of delivery in 24 hours, or even the same day in the near future.
And today, many retailers are adopting warehouse automation to stay competitive. A trend that has contributed to the expansion of a large number of companies specializing in warehouse robotics. To cite only LocusFetch and Berkshire Gray.
The acquisition of Kiva Systems: a key step in the automation of Amazon warehouses
Since 2012, the year of acquisition of Kiva Systems, Amazon has been equipping its warehouses with robots intended for streamline the operation of these. But above all to allow the Seattle giant to deliver orders at high speed.
To this day, the company specializing in logistics robots is the robotic epicenter of the firm’s warehouses and the keystone that allows the Seattle giant to ensure satisfactory product delivery for its customers. According to Amazon Global Robotics Vice President Joseph Quinlivan, Kiva Systems’ architecture and technologies are gradually enabling fully automated warehouses.
Warehouse robotization: Amazon unveils Proteus
While Amazon has been gradually integrating new robots since 2012, the firm has unveiled three new recruits who will equip its more than 180 logistics warehouses around the world. Their headliner is called Proteus. It’s about first autonomous robot of the firm allowed to navigate the same physical space as human workers. This paves the way for a wider range of uses.
In fact, the mission of Proteus is to move shopping carts full of parcels. And this without disturbing the employees. Note that Proteus can also recharge without a human supervising it. In addition, Proteus is able to stop its journey if it detects the slightest obstacle.
To achieve such a feat, the robot that looks like an autonomous vacuum cleaner uses advanced security, perception and navigation technology. State-of-the-art technology that guarantees simpler and more reliable human-machine interaction.
Acquisition of Canvas Technology
To achieve its goal of having humans work alongside robots, Amazon acquired robotics startup Canvas Technology in 2019. It is a company that specializes in developing autonomous cargo-carrying robots. A decision that will aim to further improve Security and labor conditions.