There is an 800 pound gorilla in the warehouse and it’s called Amazon.
Back in 2012, the company bought Kiva Systems for $775 million and renamed it Amazon Robotics. In hindsight, the deal was a visionary indicator of the huge role robotics plays in warehouse automation and the order fulfillment industry.
In just one decade of Amazon dominates the warehouse automation marketincreased its fleet of autonomous robots to more than 350,000 and, as a result, completely changed consumer expectations for fast, free shipping.
This achievement is worth exploring, and as such, we are pleased to announce that Joe Quinlivan, VP of Global Robotics, Fulfillment and Information Technology at Amazon, will be joining us on stage at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 July 22 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Continued labor shortages and growing demand for e-commerce, both driven by the ongoing impact of COVID-19, mean that the need for automated solutions is not going anywhere, but will only increase. And Amazon continues to invest heavily. In 2021, the company opened a new $40 million, 350,000-square-foot robotics innovation center in Westboro, Massachusetts, a sister facility of a neighboring North Reading facility.
Automation isn’t all that Amazon’s secret weapon for e-commerce dominance, and we can’t wait to hear Quinlivan talk about what it took to create a massive robot army. And we’re curious to see what innovations might come next.
Some of the company’s autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are currently “using” shuttle containers in giant warehouses averaging 800,000 square feet, which workers then fill or unpack. These robots can literally cut miles on foot for many warehouse workers during a given shift.
We’ll also learn from Quinlivan how long it may be before we see the ultimate yet elusive automation tool: a robot with human-like dexterity that can grab, lift and move goods of various shapes and sizes.
Quinlivan, who has multiple degrees in engineering and computer science, should be someone who can provide answers. After all, he is responsible for driving Amazon robotics forward by turning complex problems into elegant solutions.
Don’t miss a fascinating chat with Joe Quinlivan, General of Amazon’s Robot Army, about what it took to build it and what we can expect from the next wave of automated warehouse robots.
TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 will take place on July 22 in Boston, Massachusetts. Buy a pass until June 25, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) and save $200. Then get ready to join the leading technologists, manufacturers, thinkers, researchers and investors of the robotics community.
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