|Sun June 9 2019 21:00:33|
Hands Off Seller Inventory at Amazon Fulfillment Centers
By: Ina Steiner
The day may come when human hands never touch sellers' inventory at Amazon fulfillment centers. Last week at its re:MARS conference, Amazon unveiled new robots and drones to handle packages at its fulfillment centers and in deliveries to customer doorsteps.
There are 200,000 robots working alongside 300,000 people at Amazon distribution facilities around the world, Geekwire reported
, which said Amazon introduced two new robots at the conference: "Pegasus" sorts packages, and "Xanthus" is the latest incarnation of Amazon's drive robot.
Amazon also unveiled smart drones
that will start delivering packages in a matter of months. CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer Jeff Wilke showed off a fully-electric drone last week that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes.
The day may come when humans hands don't touch products at all until they're delivered, and thanks to Amazon, that day may not be far off. Will sellers be better off? Tell us what you think.