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Amazon unveils its army of 15,000 robots to take on Cyber Monday

To tackle the Cyber Monday shopping madness, Amazon has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 warehouses in US, to cut operating costs and get packages out the door more quickly. These robots,

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To tackle the Cyber Monday shopping madness, Amazon has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 warehouses in US, to cut operating costs and get packages out the door more quickly. These robots, bright orange in color, are made by Kiva systems that was bought by Amazon for $775 million in 2012. And just before the Cyber Monday sale, Amazon showed off its robots that are being used at its warehouses to speed up packaging and delivery. Also Read - Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale to kick off on August 5: Deals, discounts and offers

These robots carry huge shelves, stacked with goods, and navigate across their warehouses to get packages out the door in as little as 13 minutes from the pickup stations, compared to about an hour and a half on average in older centers, where Amazon workers used to manually sift through aisles and pick out the product. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale: Best deals on headphones, speakers, powerbanks under Rs 1000

Each robot is just a foot tall, and can carry 720 pounds eliminating the need for workers to navigate aisles to collect items ordered by consumers. “This dramatically increases what’s available locally, because we can get so much more inventory into one space. Kiva also eliminates the miles of walking Amazon pickers used to have to do, which brings the shipping process down to minutes instead of hours. If you’re singing The 12 Days of Christmas, your order could already be in the truck before you finish,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president for worldwide operation and customer service old USA Today. Also Read - iPhone 12 for iPhone 11 launch price at Flipkart Big Saving Days sale, iPhone 12 Mini alse sees discount

In 2014, Amazon customers ordered more than 36.8 million items worldwide — a record-breaking 426 items per second, according to the company. Amazon, with these robots, hopes to get delivery out faster than ever before. The Kiva robots have allowed Amazon to hold about 50 percent more items and shorten the time it takes to offer same-day delivery in several areas “It’s certainly proving out that it’s justified itself,” Clark told the Irish Times, talking of the Kiva acquisition. “We’re happy with the economics of it.”

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  • Published Date: December 1, 2014 6:30 PM IST



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