Retailers across the globe, from Alibaba to Walmart, are investing in warehouse automation technology. Here's how big-name players are going after automation.
In late 2018, Japan-based retailer Uniqlo announced it cut 90% of the workforce at one of its warehouses in Tokyo.
How? Uniqlo partnered with automated systems developer Daifuku to outfit an existing warehouse with robotic technology. Instead of humans, robots now handle the inspection and sorting of clothing at the warehouse.
Beyond reducing staff, the warehouse can now operate 24 hours a day.
The leap in efficiency comes as part of a larger trend of warehouse automation among retailers.
Below, we highlight a selection of retailers across the globe that are opening autonomous and semi-autonomous warehouses and distribution centers.
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