An Army of Amazon Robots Take Over AMZN Fulfillment Centers

Amazon has 15,000 robots helping employees

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

Amazon (AMZN) robots are helping workers at the company’s fulfillment centers.

amazon-robots-kiva-amznThere are 15,000 Amazon robots helping out warehouse workers. These robots are designed to travel around the warehouses and pick full shelves up and bring items back to workers that are packing them for shipment. The process allows for quicker shipping and more storage space in the fulfillment centers due to the small size of the robots, reports USA Today.

The Amazon robots come from Kiva Systems, which the online retailer bought for $775 million in 2012. The robots have software and hardware to make delivering the Amazon items to workers easier. They are working at 10 of the company’s warehouses this year, USA Today notes.

It’s estimated that the Amazon robots will be able to increase the number of items scanned by employees from 100 an hour to 300 an hour. The robots could save the company anywhere from $400 million to $900 million a year. This would have the robots paying for themselves in a short amount of time.

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