Half of US warehouse operators will use robots in 2024

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In 2024, robots will be used by just under half of medium to large operators of warehouses and fulfillment centers in the US. That’s up slightly from 44.9% this year and significantly from 28.0% in 2019.

Beyond the chart: Amazon has more than 520,000 robotic drive units in its fulfillment and sort centers, per TechCrunch. As robots grow common in warehouses, the next frontier will be stores, where 37.5% of large US retailers will feature some sort of autonomous unit this year.

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Note: Robots are defined by the International Organization for Standardization as an actuated mechanism programmable in two or more axes with a degree of autonomy moving within its environment, to perform intended tasks; includes units to perform tasks such as picking, sorting, and product transportation; excludes collaborative robotic units that only operate alongside workers.