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Almost 50,000 robots expected to be shipped to warehouses by 2026

More than 47,000 collaborative robots are expected to be shipped to warehouses by 2026, according to ABI Research, which included the estimate in its report, 38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022.

The Covid-19 pandemic quickened the pace of digital transformation, placing technologies at the very center of how people live and work – and that pace shows no signs of slowing down.

In its new white paper, 38 Technology Stats You Need to Know for 2022, global technology intelligence firm ABI Research has identified and highlighted the most impactful forecasts that illuminate the direction in which digital transformation is truly heading.

Stuart Carlaw, chief research officer at ABI Research, says: “From among the many millions of data points ABI Research creates each year, we have focused on the most enlightening stats that will matter most in the years ahead.

“The rise of always-on 5G portable devices, an explosion of edge AI adoption, a proliferation of smart manufacturing platforms, the formation of the metaverse, and a growing concentration on cybersecurity are just some of the many changes on the horizon that are indicative of a more connected, more vulnerable, and ultimately, more technology-driven world.”

Supply chain management and logistics stats highlighted in the white paper include: shipments of collaborative robots to warehouses worldwide is expected to cross 47,000 by 2026 at a CAGR of over 37 percent.

This represents dramatic growth over the under 10,000 units shipped to warehouses globally last year and the just over 2,000 collaborative robots shipped in 2020.

Adhish Luitel, industry analyst at ABI Research, says: “Collaborative robots can carry out multiple tasks with maximum precision, whereas typical warehouse robots only perform one task at a time.

“They are also able to perform better with every iteration through machine learning and are more mobile and lightweight than conventional robots.

“As collaborative robots offer various possibilities to enhance warehouse operations and perform better than comparable solutions, it’s not surprising that they are surging in popularity and will continue to do so in the coming years.”

Autonomous mobile robot shipments for last mile delivery will increase from 7,000 in 2021 to 309,000 in 2030.

Susan Beardslee, principal analyst at ABI Research, says: “The challenges of last-mile delivery include shrinking delivery timelines and profitability concerns with approximately 50 percent of all shipping costs attributed to last mile.

“There are scaling issues based on available staff and fleet. It is critical that businesses fully optimize the final leg of the transportation journey to, not only materially reduce the cost of delivery, but also to offer a consistent end customer experience.

“Government exemptions at the federal and state levels have allowed for miles of real-life operations for at least the next several years.”

Carlaw says: “While there are still fundamental challenges ahead–political tumult, an entrenched endemic, and a broken supply chain–these statistics should provide insights and actionable data needed to chart a successful course in 2022 and beyond.”

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