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Shipments in collaborative and autonomous robots to increase

The COVID-19 pandemic quickened the pace of digital transformation, placing technologies at the very center of how people live and work–and that pace shows no signs of slowing down. ABI Research has identified and highlighted the forecasts of collaborative and autonomous mobile robots that illuminate the direction in which digital transformation is truly heading.

Shipments of collaborative robots to warehouses worldwide is expected to cross 47,000 by 2026 at a CAGR of over 37%.
This represents dramatic growth over the under 10,000 units shipped to warehouses globally last year and the just over 2,000 collaborative robots shipped in 2020.

“Collaborative robots can carry out multiple tasks with maximum precision, whereas typical warehouse robots only perform one task at a time. They are also able to perform better with every iteration through machine learning and are more mobile and lightweight than conventional robots. As collaborative robots offer various possibilities to enhance warehouse operations and perform better than comparable solutions, it’s not surprising that they are surging in popularity and will continue to do so in the coming years,” says Adhish Luitel, Industry Analyst at ABI Research.

Autonomous mobile robot shipments for last mile delivery will increase from 7,000 in 2021 to 309,000 in 2030.
Susan Beardslee, Principal Analyst at ABI Research explains, “The challenges of last-mile delivery include shrinking delivery timelines and profitability concerns with approximately 50% of all shipping costs attributed to last mile. There are scaling issues based on available staff and fleet. It is critical that businesses fully optimize the final leg of the transportation journey to, not only materially reduce the cost of delivery, but also to offer a consistent end customer experience. Government exemptions at the federal and state levels have allowed for miles of real-life operations for at least the next several years.”

“While there are still fundamental challenges ahead–political tumult, an entrenched endemic, and a broken supply chain–these statistics should provide insights and actionable data needed to chart a successful course in 2022 and beyond,” Carlaw concludes.

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