Published on March 18th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
These are the Robots that Help You Get Your Amazon Packages on Time
It’s incredible the number of robots that are in operation for Amazon warehouses. As Brian Heater shares in his Techcrunch post, Amazon has 100,00 robotic systems up and running. What is also important to note is that Amazon hired over 2200 people for the NY facility alone. Humans will work alongside robots in remarkable ways and not be totally replaced by them.
Up close with the robots that run Amazon’s fulfillment centers
Months before the hard-fought battle for its second global headquarters in Queens, Amazon planted a massive, 855,000-square-foot flag in Staten Island. The $100 million JFK8 fulfillment center opened last fall, after an “on the spot” hiring spree, aimed at employing an eventual 2,250 people.
The new factory smell still permeated the air when we visited the space in February. Things were shiny and new, but still humming. It’s a 24-hour process designed to meet the standards of rapid package delivery the company has — for better and worse — set for the entire e-commerce world.
JFK8 stands as a kind of church to the world of early 21st century capitalism, and wherever you happen to land on the politics of Amazon, it’s an impressive sight to behold, as packages zip by on complex highway systems of conveyor belts, en route to next-day deliveries.
The space also offers a compelling glimpse into the factories of the future, where humans and robots work hand in hand, so to speak. The company currently has around 100,000 robotic systems deployed across more than 25 fulfillment centers, a number that it says has helped the company store an additional 40 percent of inventory in its fulfillment centers.