I absolutely love data and robots.
I came across a story this morning while reading Reddit. An Amazon warehouse staff member had taken part in AMA sessions which you can read here.
One on the questions posed was about how much automation is present in the warehouse. The person replied with a detailed answer which included the fact that Amazon placed an order for a Kiva automation system that Kiva was unable to fulfil.
Instead of going to find alternatives, Amazon purchased Kiva and now gets their orders fulfilled first and Kiva’s other customers afterwards.
These Kiva robots are absolutely awesome and it turns the pickers work into a doddle.