After drones, Amazon to deploy 15,000 robots to boost efficiency

Global Online shopping giant Amazon is all set to deploy over 15,000 Kiva robots at its 10 fulfillment centers.
Amazon to deploy robots to boost efficiency
Global Online shopping giant Amazon is all set to deploy over 15,000 Kiva robots at its fulfillment centers in a bid to fulfill holiday orders. The company is currently operating 10 of this new generation of fulfillment centers across the US, according to a report published by the Economic Times.

“The Amazon fulfillment teams are dedicated to innovating in our fulfillment centers to increase speed of delivery while enabling greater local selection at lower costs for our customers. The advancements in our latest fulfillment centers hit all three of these customer desires while continuing to provide a work environment that is great for employees,” said Dave Clark, Senior Vice President - Worldwide operations and customer service, Amazon.

Following this deployment, Amazon.com looks all geared up for the big billion day of online sale and has spent heavily this year in terms of upgrading and expanding its distribution network.

Amazon recently announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal employees to fulfill customer orders this holiday, a 14 per cent increase over last year. The company expects that thousands of those employees will stay on in regular, full-time roles.

The ET report further mentions that CEO Jeff Bezos vows to one day deliver packages by drone, but that technology isn't ready yet. Moreover, Amazon doesn't want a repeat of last year when some customers were disappointed by late deliveries attributed to Midwestern ice storms and last-minute shipping troubles.

The company is facing tough competition from rivals like Google and eBay and traditional retailers are offering more online services. Amazon is expecting revenue of $27.3 billion to $30.3 billion from the holiday season.

 

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