Cushman & Wakefield Industrial Research MarketNote: Robotics and the Changing Distribution Landscape
Robotics use in both manufacturing and logistics is on the rise. With the U.S. automobile assembly industry leading in the use of robotics, automation has been key to onshoring in manufacturing. In the first quarter of 2015, the sale of industrial robotics for automobile components increased by 66% compared with the previous year. The use of robotics in the logistics and distribution industry is increasing, but there are obstacles to more expansive implementation, including, for example, the diverse picks inherent to e-commerce orders, a wide range of product dimensions in the “endless aisle,” and the long break-even period to recoup robotics investments.