Logistics Automation Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2020 - 2030
The global logistics automation market is predicted to have a princely growth during the forecast period 2020-2030. With the automation techniques coming into picture, and Internet of Things are helping industries to multitask comfortably.
Work like material batching, warehouse security, packaging, ordering, inspection etc. can be automated improving operational efficiency thus, driving the market growth.
Increasing Technological Advancements in Robotics and AI
Automation depends on development of robotics and their efficiency to perform tedious tasks accurately. Therefore, adoption of robotics to automate logistic processes, thereby lowering the labour and operational cost may act as a driver for the growth. As researchers are also focusing on development of more user friendly robots and, the consumer base demanding AI based robots may grow.
Automation in Ecommerce sector may boost the adoption
E-commerce and online shopping has witnessed a boom in covid-9 era. To fulfil the rapid demand and expectation of consumers, new techniques for warehouse automation such as shuttle systems are in high demand. In 2020, most ecommerce companies witnessed increase in their online revenue and according to the survey in Europe, 50% of the companies saw their sales increased by 100%, but somehow 6% companies witnessed decrease in their ecommerce revenue.
As per UNCTAD, the online purchases have increased by 6 to 10% globally. Pharmaceuticals, electronics, furniture, cosmetics/personal care saw a boom as per the survey by UNCTAD. According to the report from Retail Economics and Natwest, nearly half of the UK population are purchasing never purchased things online and want to continue this habit in future too.
As per US Census Bureau, Americans spent 791.7$ billion on e-commerce which is 32.4% more than in 2019, which shows much frequent orders have been placed and how much the dependence of automation is there by the ecommerce companies.
Asia Pacific also saw escalation in online shopping as China’s online sales increased by 9% during the peak covid-19 according to govt.nz. The consumers in Japan spent average 305$ on online shopping in 2020 showing increase of 13.7% in 2018 as per trade.gov in Japan.
Thus, the ecommerce companies need to actively adopt logistics automation for accurate moving and storing across the supply chain.
Effect on Employment due to automation may inhibit the growth
As per US Bureau of Labour Statistics, in 2017, there were about 3million people working in warehouses, as handlers or packers, with the automation there is a risk of these jobs getting lost due to automation. Research says, by 2025, automation may lead to disrupt in 85 million jobs globally across 26 countries. However, World Economic Forum anticipates that future tech driven developments will create 97 million jobs, but the concern of balancing the human work and automation remains there. Therefore, employment concern may lead to hamper the automation growth.
The key players in the logistics automation market include Honeywell Intelligrated (US), Knapp (Austria), Manhattan Associates (US), Oracle (US), Swisslog (Switzerland), TGW Logistics Group (Austria), Locus Robotics (US), HighJump (Korber), Daifuku (Japan), Eyesee Hardis Group (France), 6 River Systems (US), ABB (Switzerland),BEUMER Group (Germany), Blue Yonder (US), E&K Automation (Germany), Falcon Autotech (India), GreyOrange (US), Murata Machinery (Japan), Toshiba Logistics (Japan), SSI Schaefer (Germany), etc.
Fetch Robotics in January 2021 announced their partnership with Honeywell Intelligrated for a new Pallet Transport 1500, an autonomous mobile robot supporting cross-docking, returns and case picking workflows of contactless pallet transport in distribution centres. The Pallet Transport 1500 will utilize Momentum WES, a Honeywell’s Momentum warehouse execution system software which safely move pallets and other large payloads up to 1136kg.
In May 2020, Manhattan announced the world’s first cloud native enterprise class warehouse management system. The development is entirely based on micro-services and extraordinarily elastic. Its new level of speed, adaptability, and ease of use within distribution management are the factors making it the first ever.
Dematic announced plans to automate the central storage facility for RS components GmbH in Bad Hersfeld, Germany in September 2020. The automation is designed as there will be 300 shuttles to automatically access the containers and transport them directly to the goods to person commissioning station for dispatching.
Europe is expected to witness highest growth in the rate of adoption of automation techniques. Investments in automation, IOT, machine learning is the key aspect for the growth of automation in the region. According to Europa.eu, from 2020 to 2022, 2 million new robots are expected to be installed in factories. Increasing number of warehouses and as per P3 logistics park, Poland witnessed higher growth of warehousing stock of about 17% in 2020.
Demand in US for automation is basically contributed through presence of large number of manufacturing companies utilizing logistics automation accounting for the country’s GDP. Growth in e-commerce as mentioned above in due to covid-19 witnessed approximately 30% increase.
In Asia, China is the world’s largest industrial robots market and the Robot density in China is surpassing global average. In other countries too, investment by manufacturing companies in automation solutions, health care industries, and for improving their supply chain network and logistic process through the adoption of logistics automation is expected to lead the market growth.
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Eyesee Hardis Group (France), 6 River Systems (US), ABB (Switzerland), BEUMER Group (Germany), Blue Yonder (US), E&K Automation (Germany), Falcon Autotech (India), GreyOrange, etc.
US, UK, France, Germany, China, and India are among the leading logistics automation markets.
Automotive, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas are among the leading end-users
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