Amazon Rolls Out Kiva Robots for Vacation Onslaught

Amazon has put in greater than 15,000 robots throughout 10 U.S. warehouses, a transfer that guarantees to chop working prices by one-fifth and get packages out the door extra shortly within the run-as much as Christmas. The orange 320-pound (one hundred forty five kg) robots, which scoot across the flooring on wheels, present how Amazon has adopted know-how developed by Kiva Techniques, a robotics firm it purchased for $775 million in 2012. Amazon showcased the robots to media on Sunday forward of Cyber Monday, the most important on-line buying day of the yr. The robots are designed to assist the main U.S. on-line retailer velocity the time it takes to ship gadgets to clients and higher compete with brick-and-mortar shops, the place the majority of People nonetheless do their buying. The robots additionally might assist Amazon keep away from the mishaps of final yr’s vacation season, when a surge of packages overwhelmed delivery and logistics firm UPS and delayed the arrival of Christmas presents across the globe. Amazon provided delivery refunds and $20 present playing cards to compensate clients. Amazon deployed the robots this summer time, forward of the important thing vacation quarter, when the corporate sometimes books about one-third of its annual income.


— Reuters

First revealed December 1 2014, 7:18 AM