Is this a start of the new machine era that replaces manual labor?
We are now in the midst of COVID pandemic, which causes massive havoc to human health and economic disruption. And many companies have been trying to resolve underlying issues such as labor shortages. The example of which is FedEx. The company has been trying to use robotics technology to its advantage even before the current issue. However, just recently. FedEx has utilized their own robotic arms in Memphis facility.
The prospect and idea of increased automation seem even more critical, as COVID-19 pandemic has left the supply chain not using manual labour. They reached out to also a reputable company, TechCrunch, to announce their usage of robotic technology for months now.
According to them, just last March, FedEx has installed a quartet of robotic arms from Yaskawa America and Plus One, aiming to resolve the massive numbers of parcels that pass through their Memphis facility.
Robotic Automation Not a Threat
With all this information coming, FedEx has clarified that human workers will still play a vital role in the company’s process. The company pointed out that several members of its Small Package Sort System team are now operating as supervisors for their new robotic laborers.
The company also stated that they are currently actively exploring these robotic technologies before COVID-10. “While COVID has not directly played a role in accelerating the tech adoption,” the company mentioned during their report to TechCrunch.
“It has exponentially increased the amount of e-commerce packages traveling through the Memphis hub, so COVID has validated the need for this technology and its support for our team members working at the Memphis hub,” they added.
The logistics companies have been making their moves for the upcoming changes ad advancements in the pandemic’s result. One of those is Amazon, who reportedly made massive investments in and acquisitions of several robotics firms. Aside from Amazon, we have the UPS, who also announced a goal of processing 80% of packages through their automated facilities. It’s undisputed that robotic automation would be the last resort in this growing COVID-19 crisis.