The growing role of robots in the supply chain

    Robots are capable of carrying up to 600 kilograms on the warehouse floor. They are equipped with special sensors that never collide with each other, while orders are given through the Wi-Fi network. When their battery runs out, they automatically turn on the charging room. Five minutes of charging is enough to keep them active for 4 to 5 hours.

    These are just some of the goal setting shareware that you can use to create robots for e-commerce giant Alibaba. About 70% of the work in this warehouse is done by robots themselves, which means that Ali Baba used to do all the work in this smart warehouse before, now 70% of the work is done by robots and only 30% is left for humans to do. Is.

    Alibaba's logistics company is called Xinjiang. Xinjiang's Smart Warehouse is located in Huiyang, Guangdong Province. In fact, it is the largest smart warehouse in China. According to Alibaba, it is the largest mobile robot company in China. One hundred AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) are working in this smart house of Alibaba, which takes up about 3,000 square meters.

    These robots are equipped with Wi-Fi and automatic charging systems, which are responsible for moving items stored in the warehouse on the floor. Robots of this design already exist in the form of Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, however these 'AGV' robots are unique and different in that they are very small in size. These robots travel one and a half meters (ie 5 feet) per second and lift up to 600 kilograms at a time.

    Xinjiang currently provides 'Same Day' and 'Next Day' delivery services in over 1,000 regions of China. When a buyer places an order on Alibaba's Tmall shopping site, the robot in Huang's smart warehouse moves along with the order to fulfill the order. The robot, based on its artificial intelligence, searches for the desired item or items in the warehouse and delivers it to the warehouse clerk (who is a human). The warehouse clerk collects the goods and sends the shipment to the concerned customer.

    Increase in efficiency

    Alibaba claims that since the work began on the warehouse, the efficiency of the human workers working there has increased threefold. Alibaba says that in a traditional warehouse, a worker is expected to work on 1,500 items in a seven-and-a-half-hour shift, for which he has to walk 27,924 steps. Now, thanks to mobile robots, a worker (human) works on 3,000 items at the same time and has to walk only 2,563 steps. These figures are certainly astonishing.

    Now there is a fear that when a thousand robots are working on one floor, they may collide while coming and going and passing each other, however, to solve this problem, sensors have been installed in these robots. Sensors provide these robots with timely information about upcoming events and they change course. However, working with 1,000 AGV robots of this size on one floor is no less of a challenge

    Huaweiwan, who works as a senior algorithm specialist in Xinjiang, says, "Commanding one hundred warehouse robots has far more computational complexity than commanding ten robots." Not only do we have to make sure that these robots don't collide, but we also have to make sure that the robots are not crowded in one place, as this increases the risk of performance impact.

    With a fully charged battery, an AGV robot can work for eight hours straight, when its battery starts to run low, it finds itself in the charging room, finds a socket, and recharges itself. Not only Ali Babahi but also the American giant Amazon is one of the leading e-commerce companies using robotic artificial intelligence in the warehouse. Amazon's Kiva robots are also at the forefront of artificial intelligence.


    The growing use of robots and artificial intelligence for warehouse and supply chain management in Ali Baba and Amazon suggests that the day is not far when these companies' supply chain management systems will be fully autonomous and automated. 


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