Amazon.com announced its implementation of the “Sequoia” robotic system at one of its Houston warehouses to enhance inventory management and expedite deliveries. This move underscores Amazon’s longstanding commitment to automation, aiming to boost sales and enhance worker safety.
The Sequoia technology integrates various systems, including mobile robots and robotic arms, to streamline warehouse operations.
Amazon claims that Sequoia can accelerate inventory identification and storage by 75% and reduce order processing time in the warehouse by up to 25%.
The e-commerce giant has been making substantial investments in automation for an extended period, employing robots for order packaging and pioneering technologies that enable cashier-less retail stores, among other innovations.
Several other prominent retailers have also announced their intentions to invest in robotic systems. Rival Walmart, for instance, stated earlier in the year that it anticipates approximately 65% of its stores will utilize automation by the end of its fiscal year 2026.
In addition to efficiency gains, Amazon is relying on robots to enhance worker safety, addressing concerns raised by U.S. safety regulators about working conditions in its warehouses.
Amazon further disclosed plans to commence testing a bipedal robot called “Digit” from Agility Robotics, a startup with Amazon backing. Digit, already undergoing testing at Ford, possesses the capability to move, grasp, and handle items within warehouse environments.