Automation is playing a key role in enabling John Lewis to achieve its 2020 goal of becoming a 50/50 e-commerce and bricks and mortar retailer, John Munnelly, head of operations at the retailer’s Magna Park campus, told delegates at the Supply Chain Conference in London on Wednesday.
The army could soon be using autonomous logistics vehicles to deliver supplies to troops in war zones, under a £66 million project to fast-track military robotics projects.
FedEx has unveiled a delivery robot, the SameDay Bot, which has been designed to enable retailers to make same-day and last mile deliveries to customers.
Hyster Europe has unveiled a series of trucks using robotics technology that has been developed in collaboration with robotics specialist Balyo.
Vanderlande is to develop artificial intelligence technology for its automated order picking, storage, unloading and palletising robotic solutions, as part of a strategic partnership with Fizyr.