Amazing Amazon Bots

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Amazing Amazon Bots

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…it starts with a vision

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‘At Amazon Robotics, we are continually reimagining what Now looks like. We see the big picture, imagine a better one, and make the connections that turn complex problems into elegantly simple solutions.’

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Re-defining the 21st Century Distribution Experience

Some Interesting Facts and 3 Fascinating Videos

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For distribution and logistics, the question has always been the same:‘How do we develop the most efficient optimization strategy for distribution warehouse workers to locate, select and ship products?’ 

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Amazon reimagined the same question : ‘What if the most efficient optimization strategy was for products to come to the warehouse workers?’

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How? Robots!

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Interesting Facts:

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Robots combined with humans = the most optimized strategy

  1. Reduce inventory retrieval time from 90 minutes to 15 minutes. [83% time reduction.]
  2. Humans pick 110 items per hour. Robots 200 to 400. [82% to 263% productivity improvement.]
  3. Humans lift approx 50 lbs. Robots lift up to 750 lbs. [1,300 % weight capacity improvement.]
  4. A Distribution Center worker’s wage is approx. $28,000 per year at $14.00 per hour. Amazon runs two 10 hour shifts which = $56,000 per year for stock pickers. Robot costs about $15,000 and will work both shifts. 73% reduction in costs. Yet, there are still thousands of workers employed at each distribution center.
  5. Robot warehouses can carry 50% more inventory in the same warehouse space due to a reduction in the dimensions of aisle space required for humans vs. robots.
  6. In turn, the company’s operating costs have been sliced by 20%—or almost $22 million—per warehouse.

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Amazon distribution center in Tampa, Florida

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How bots do it

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 ballarina

 

But bots appreciate the arts … too

 

 

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One Response to “Amazing Amazon Bots”
  1. Always fascinating. Moving the “brains” of computers into the “bodies” of robots. It took half a century+ for digital computers to permeate human life. Twenty more years for bots to do the same? Or less?

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