The robots are coming—and they’re bringing your online order

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    The robots are coming—and they’re bringing your online order - Digital Commerce 360

    Last-mile delivery—the process of moving items from warehouses or stores to consumers’ homes—is a challenge for retailers. It’s expensive, error-prone and not responsive enough to effectively accommodate on-demand delivery of items purchased online. To address these problems, online retailers and others are turning to robots.

    While some retailers are testing full-sized, self-driving cars, a fresh breed of vehicles is emerging: the delivery robot. New, purpose-built delivery robots are small, relatively lightweight and made to operate at low speeds. They’re designed to make deliveries without drivers, often in places off-limits to cars, such as sidewalks.

    Delivery robots have the potential to boost the speed and efficiency of retail deliveries and significantly reduce costs, says Robert Doyle, vice president for the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a trade association serving the robotics industry. One estimate, from investment management firm ARK Investment Management LLC, suggests robots could reduce the cost of last-mile delivery to 6 cents per mile compared with about $1.60 per mile for a delivery made by a human. Because they are agile and adaptable, robots could be the best choice for some deliveries, especially in crowded urban areas or on college campuses.
  2. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    And then it snowed...
    And the steps were covered in solid ice...
    And the dogs attacked...
    And the rain shorted out the circuitry...
    And the homeowner’s kids kicked it over....
    Not convinced.
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  3. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    And when it did, the wheels of the shipping industry came to a grinding halt, because humans just laughed.

    On another note, how long do you think a robot will last before being covered in graffiti?

    Or worse, tattoos.........
  4. Boywondr

    Boywondr The truth never changes.

    Or run over by a car or truck quickly backing out of a driveway to get the kids to their after school events......... while texting.
    I can see the tracking update:
    "Your order will be delayed by one day".
  5. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    robot scabs