Amazon is reportedly experimenting with robotic arms that can visually identify items on a conveyor, pick them up using a compressed air vacuum gripper and place them on a table or shelf. At the same time the company says publicly the state of the art isn’t there yet to handle the wide variety of products it stores and sells.
The editors of Multichannel Merchant are excited to announce the launch of our new monthly podcast series, MCM CommerceChat! In the first installment, Chris Elliott, managing consultant with Blue Horseshoe and a noted supply chain automation expert, talks about trends in fulfillment robotics and where the technology is headed.
Joining an ever-more-crowded group of robotics providers for ecommerce fulfillment, two former executives of Kiva Systems have built what they believe is a better mousetrap, via 6 River Systems and its Chuck autonomous robot. See what its capabilities are, and how a 6 River co-founder views the future of robotic fulfillment.