New research from Interact Analysis shows that the global warehouse automation market will grow from $29.6 billion in 2020 to $69 billion in 2025.
“The general merchandise segment is the single largest segment in warehouse automation, and it is predicted to grow at a faster rate than the overall market, with revenues hitting $20 billion by 2025. General merchandise is driven by companies such as JD.com, Amazon and Target, all of which have heavily benefited from the COVID-inspired e-commerce boost. By 2025, general merchandise will account for 28% of the market. However, the single fastest growing vertical market is grocery, which is projected to grow from 12% of the market in 2020 to 16% in 2025m” says Rueben Scriven, senior analyst at Interact Analysis.
From Interact Analysis:
- Fixed automation such as AS/RS, conveyors and conveyor-based sorters will remain the most common form of automation for the foreseeable future, but there is a rapidly growing trend for warehouses to adopt more flexible mobile automation solutions.
- Driven by China and Japan, APAC retains its title of having the largest market share for warehouse automation with a market size of $11 billion in 2020. A significant proportion of growth within the United States and EMEA markets is predicted to come from the general merchandise sector. Interestingly, these sectors are less prominent in APAC, where they together account for 29% of the warehouse automation market (compared to 42% and 45% of EMEA and the Americas respectively).