A growing number of warehousing and logistics companies are incorporating robots to reap the benefits of speed, efficiency, and increased profits to remain competitive in a market driven in large part by consumers that demand rapid fulfillment. At the same time, robotic warehousing and logistics technologies are advancing in capability and becoming more affordable each year. The demand for robots and the supply of advanced robotic solutions for the optimization of logistics processes, combined with lab or shortages, have created a tipping point that could lead to widespread adoption of robots in warehouses and logistics operations to assist and displace human workers. The market is experiencing strong growth, and supply chains are being transformed as companies replace fixed infrastructure and outdated processes with flexible, scalable robotic solutions to meet the changing demands of modern commerce. Tractica forecasts that worldwide shipments of warehousing and logistics robots will grow rapidly over the next 5 years from 194,000 units in 2018 to 938,000 units annually by 2022, with the rate of growth slowing after 2021 as many major players will have adopted robotic systems by then. Worldwide revenue for this category will increase from $8.3 billion in 2018 to $30.8 billion in 2022, providing significant opportunities for established participants and emerging players. This Tractica report examines the market and technology issues related to warehousing and logistics robots, as well as the development of global markets with forecasts and analysis for the 5-year period from 2018 through 2022. The report addresses crucial market drivers and challenges, in addition to the most important technology issues that will affect market development. In total, 81 key and emerging industry players are profiled. Market forecasts are segmented by world region and robot type.
The Analyst Team
Senior Analyst, Robotics & Autonomous Machines
As a Senior Analyst, Glenn Sanders synthesizes information about technologies, markets, and use cases, including services, hardware, and software. Glenn brings more than 25 years of insight from his business and technology experience in Japan and Silicon Valley as a senior technologist and technology writer.
Glenn’s first foray into technology writing was for Fujitsu in Tokyo in 1996. He specializes in research about robots, drones, and autonomous machines. Prior to joining Omdia, he was a senior analyst for Greenlight Insights, where he led the creation of industry reports about virtual reality and augmented reality software, hardware, and platforms. As a senior analyst for Intellectual Ventures and for Ocean Tomo, Glenn led market analysis and technology valuation for investment funds worth over $20 million on a range of topics, including electric vehicles, semiconductors, power systems, inventory management systems, near-field communications, radio frequency ID, and web-based OS software and devices.
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