Advanced automation technologies helped warehouses keep pace with increased demand.
The global pandemic forced retail and e-commerce businesses to rethink strategies and to expand automation operations with technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine vision. E-commerce gained significant traction at the beginning of the pandemic, increasing 3% to account for 14% of U.S. retail sales. Advanced automation technologies helped warehouses keep pace with increased demand.
In a recent A3 article, TECH B2B account executive Jimmy Carroll discussed growth in the retail and e-commerce industries and how automation and technology continue to play a role in growing these industries.
Autonomous mobile robots have become common fixtures in warehouse settings, performing bin picking, gripping, and item-handling tasks. As more robots are deployed, the need for integration software that allows for easy use of these robots increases.
Machine vision has become an even more significant focus for retail and e-commerce businesses. Robots must be able to adapt to their surroundings and maneuver around obstacles in the warehouse space. Many manufacturers rely on machine vision and AI deployed at the edge to make this possible.
Read Carrolls full article on the A3 website to learn more about how e-commerce and retail use technologies such as robots, 3D vision, AI software, and edge computing devices.