DB Schenker to au­to­mate ware­houses with ro­bot­ics

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DB Schenker is col­lab­o­rat­ing with IAM Ro­bot­ics to im­ple­ment Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence-based ro­bots into its ware­houses. The Ger­man com­pany said the AI-based in­no­va­tion will serve as a foun­da­tional plat­form as it aims to op­ti­mise its in­ter­na­tional net­work of ware­houses with such tech­nol­ogy ad­vances over the next five to 10 years. John Stikes, Di­rec­tor of In­no­va­tion and e-com­merce, DB Schenker, says, “Automation will grant lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies eco­nomic ad­van­tages while al­le­vi­at­ing their labour is­sues, en­abling them to re­de­ploy that labour to more thought-in­volved pro­cesses and gain en­hanced flex­i­bil­ity in op­er­a­tions.”

Tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies like Penn­syl­va­nia-based IAM Ro­bot­ics man­u­fac­ture piece-picking ro­bots, which quickly scan ware­house shelves for spe­cific items and col­lect them in a bin. Such tech­nol­ogy is meant to save time and money in a ware­hous­ing en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing the time it takes to find in­ven­tory and elim­i­nat­ing labour ex­penses. The in­vest­ment will ad­dress chal­lenges such as a shrink­ing labour mar­ket and de­mand from ship­pers for high-ve­loc­ity e-com­merce busi­ness mod­els.

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