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2021 Market Guide for Smart Robots in Retail

Wanting to know more about warehouse automation and its benefits? Gartner offers an easy-to-read explanation of various technologies in their recently published Market Guide for Smart Robots in Retail. AutoStore is 1 of 15 manufacturers positioned as a Representative Vendor in this comprehensive guide that explains all you need to know about warehouse robotics and how to implement them.

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Read up to learn more about why the world’s largest retailers are becoming automated and how deeply they’re already invested. Per Gartner,

  • "By 2024, Tier 1 retailers in North America and Europe will have reduced inventory carrying costs by 30% to fund ongoing digital transformation."
  • "By 2024, augmented in-store associates in at least 10 Tier 1 retailers will execute inventory audits to support automated precision merchandising at the edge."
  • "By 2025, at least two of the top 10 global retailers will establish robot resource organizations to manage nonhuman workers."

If you’re wondering whether robotics are right for you, Market Guide for Smart Robots in Retail can serve as your step-by-step playbook. Getting started in automation might be simpler than expected, according to Gartner analysts, who recommend an adoption strategy similar to Peapod’s AutoStore pilot program.

"Smart robots can be added incrementally and deliver significant value, without large-scale deployment or disruption. A single robot can deliver a significant return on investment; therefore, investments can be incremental over several years. For example, a smart robot is also a more cost-effective option, at least for the time being, for inventory audit when compared to other Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, such as smart shelves that often require significant hardware investment upfront. As the cost of robotic systems diminishes, following investment and development, the barrier to adoption will also diminish. Over the next year or so, we expect pilots and implementations of smart robots in physical stores and warehouse environments to persist. As a result, they will continue to garner significant attention and interest from both retailers and consumers alike."

AutoStore has helped countless retailers like Peapod figure out the robotics world through the help of our integration partners, and we can provide the same guidance to you. First, fill out the form above to get started.

Gartner Market Guide for Smart Robots in Retail, Kelsie Marian, 24th June 2021
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