More and more supply chain professionals are showing growing interest and confidence in artificial intelligence (AI) robotics and planned investment across material handling operations such as sortation, induction, good-to-person order picking and depalletization, according to a Covariant survey.
"Savvy logistics professionals believe the new generation of intelligent automation, AI robotics, will solve many of today's most pervasive fulfillment center challenges," says Peter Chen, CEO of Covariant. "We've reached a critical phase of technological viability. Covariant robots are performing autonomously, and often exceeding traditional operations, while delivering a strong business case. As supply chain challenges continue to put pressure on warehouses, prospects are expressing rising urgency to adopt our solutions."
From PR Newswire:
- Almost half of respondents assert that intelligent robots have become smart enough to reliably run pick-and-place stations.
- Of that group, one in four are already using AI-powered robotics or in the midst of implementation.
- The main barriers to adoption are uncertainty around ROI/lack of awareness of new commercial models such as robot-as-a-service (RaaS) and being overwhelmed by the nuances of available solutions and difficulty in assessing the differences of each one.