With more and more businesses selling their goods online, the consumer market rapidly increases, which makes the demand skyrocket. Because of this, most e-commerce companies today are using more and more storage space, which makes the warehouse business at its apex. These huge buildings are filled with items of different nature, type and properties, which makes it impossible for personal staff to focus even with the best of organizations. On the other hand, we live in the era of robotics, and at the moment, robots appear to be the future of the warehouse business.
An Amazon Example
As early as 2011, Amazon started using 1,300 robots made by Kiva Systems. They proved to be so efficient that this e-commerce conglomerate decided to purchase the entire of Kiva in 2012. Today, there are almost 30,000 robots in their employ which means that in the long run, this turned out to be a smart business move after all. First, these powerful robots can pick up the entire shelf instead of rummaging through in the search. Next, they can directly transfer these shelves to Amazon workers who can now do in minutes what it previously took them hours. This change especially is appreciated by some of the older workers, who are no longer able to partake in walking across the entire warehouse.
Additionally, the fact that robots work harder and lift more aren’t the only two saving graces of the robotic warehouse workers. In fact, seeing how robots are machines they never forget if there is something on a particular shelf. No list, table or memory tactic can give one the same level of accuracy these devices have at their disposal. In other words, the traveling is not the only place where you save time by automating your warehouse.
Perks of Not Hiring
Now, most people worry about robots replacing workers and there is no doubt that this hazard indeed exists. Even though purchasing a robot can cost an arm and a leg, in all other aspects this saves you a fortune. A robot doesn’t need health insurance and doesn’t take sick leave. Furthermore, a robot works overtime, and it works Sundays without ever for a raise. All that you have to do is hire someone to do the upkeep of systems and hardware checkups, or if you don’t have enough robots to justify this even outsource the maintenance.
Quickly Becoming a Trend
Sure, looking at the Amazon alone really doesn’t reveal much, seeing how they are one of the world’s greatest corporations. On the other hand, many other storage shelving businesses are thriving because of these innovations. In most of these situations, however, human workers are not excluded from the picture. They are only replaced in the lower level jobs where there is a lot of running around and heavy lifting. In other words, in the future, humans will mostly have the administrative and oversight jobs.
Some people are concerned about people losing their jobs because robots will be able to do their work more efficiently. While this remains a risk, there are two things to consider. The first one is the situation we’ve seen in the Amazon example; in some cases, having a robot helper can help you keep your job. Second, even though some major corporations are already heavily into robotics, for the rest of the business world, it will take years, if not decades for this change to happen. Be that as it may, the future is inevitable and those willing to help bring their efficiency to its full potential have no choice but to embrace it.