Real, reliable, sustained robotic picking in production operations (i.e. ‘in the wild’) is achievable, but it is nothing like picking in a lab or in a trade show demo. As the need to double-down on omni-channel commerce explodes across the retail ecosystem, operators must find new ways to fulfill orders that do not rely entirely on labor.
Intelligent robotic systems can be the answer. New applications of robotic picking from eCommerce to store replenishment to augmenting traditional automation can transform operations for retailers, eCommerce companies, 3PLs, and parcel carriers. But if you think you can deploy robotic solutions directly from the lab to the real world, you are in for a wild and potentially expensive ride.