According to the annual World Robot Report released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), global robot sales in the year of 2018 was $16.5 billion, and China occupied the largest market share.
In the field of service robots, sales of professional service robots increased by 32% in 2018, reaching $9.2 billion. Among them, logistics systems such as automatic guided vehicles (AGV) accounted for 41% of total sales, accounting for the largest proportion, and the global sales logistics system was near. 11.1 million units, up 60% from 2017 (690,000 units). Subdivided into the logistics robot market, the total sales of professional service robots in the logistics system in 2018 was about 3.7 billion US dollars, an increase of 53% over 2017. IFR said: "The warehousing solutions of large e-commerce companies have strongly promoted the trend of non-manufacturing companies using logistics systems."
In addition, according to previous market research firm Tractica, the global warehousing and logistics robot market will grow to 22.4 billion US dollars by 2021. This shows that the development prospects of the logistics robot industry are very good.
“The logistics industry is the enabler of the entire economy, and has more opportunities than other industries... The total cost of logistics accounts for a high GDP, reaching 15%, and the savings per point creates about 900 billion worth. So, we also I hope to participate in the annual 900 billion value-added process, which is why we continue to invest in this industry.” Yu Lanqing, Vice President of Sequoia Capital, held the “Express Logistics and Supply Chain” theme forum in September 2019. Said in the middle.
In fact, express logistics is becoming the main driving force for the rapid growth of animal flow robots. In the first half of 2019, the online retail sales of physical goods in China still grew by 21.6% year-on-year, and e-commerce continued to bear the strong driving force of national economic development.
On the 50th World Post Day on October 9, the State Post Bureau Director Ma Junsheng reported that "China's parcel delivery volume exceeds the total of developed economies such as the United States, Japan and Europe, contributing more than 50% to global growth." In 2018, the total volume of postal services in China was 1,234.52 billion yuan, and the business income (excluding the direct operating income of the Postal Savings Bank) was 790.47 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 26.4% and 19.4% respectively. Among them, the volume of express delivery reached 50.7 billion pieces, a year-on-year increase of 26.6%, and it has ranked first in the world for five consecutive years.
In addition, e-commerce order processing also features "multi-variety, small batch, multi-batch, high aging". In particular, the introduction of the concept of “new retail” puts higher demands on the intelligence and flexibility of the storage system.
For an enterprise to fulfill orders efficiently and at low cost, an automated and intelligent warehousing system is particularly important, which places strong demands on the application of logistics robots. Based on the robot-based "goods to people" program, logistics operations such as replenishment, whole container picking, zero-removal picking, and return can be completed.