Warehousing and logistics robot shipments to reach nearly 1 million units annually by 2022

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By MMH Staff · February 6, 2019

According to a new report from Tractica, a market intelligence firm that focuses on human interaction with technology, the demand for robots is at a tipping point that could lead to widespread adoption of robots in warehouses and logistics operations to assist and displace human workers.

The report indicates 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, the report notes, robotic warehousing and logistics technologies are advancing in capability and becoming more affordable each year.

Tractica forecasts worldwide shipments of warehousing and logistics robots will grow rapidly over the next five years from 194,000 units in 2018 to 938,000 units annually by 2022. The market intelligence firm anticipates that the rate of growth will begin to slow after 2021 as many major market players will have adopted robotic systems by then. Tractica estimates that 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.

“The warehousing and logistics robot 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is experiencing strong growth, and supply chains are being transformed as companies replace fixed infrastructure and outdated processes with flexible, scalable robotic solutions to meet the changing demands of modern commerce,” says senior analyst Glenn Sanders.

Tractica’s report, “Warehousing and Logistics Robots”, 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 five-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. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

About Tractica

Tractica, an Informa business, is a market intelligence firm that focuses on emerging technologies. Tractica’s global market research and consulting services combine qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to provide a comprehensive view of the emerging market opportunities surrounding artificial intelligence, robotics, user interface technologies, advanced computing, connected and autonomous vehicles, wearables and digital health.