DB Schenker to automate warehouses with robotics
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.