Global Warehouse Automation Market Post-Pandemic (COVID-19) Report 2020-2026

Dublin, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Warehouse Automation Market with Post-Pandemic (COVID-19) Impact By Technology (AGV/AMR, ASRS, Conveyors, Sortation, Order Picking, AIDC, Palletizing and WMS), By Industry (E-commerce, Grocery, Apparel, F&B, Pharma), By Geography - Forecast to 2026" report has been added to's offering.

Post COVID-19, most important and emerging trends have been eGrocery growth, Micro-Fulfillment Centers, Urban Warehouses and automated cold storages. Huge investment for start-ups like Takeoff technologies ($86M+), Fabric ($136M+), Attabotics ($82M+), Exotec Solutions ($111M+) and Alert Innovation are witnessing this growth along with the presence of existing players like Dematic, Swisslog, Knapp, Opex Corporation, Muratec, AutoStore, Honeywell Intelligrated and Toyota Industries.

Retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Woolworth, Amazon, Ocado, Meijer, H-E-B, Albertsons, and Ahold Delhaize have already started adopting and implementing these new technologies during the pandemic. Apart this, piece picking players like Berkshire Grey, Righthand Robotics, Kindred AI, Covariant, OSARO, Plus One Robotics, XYZ Robotics have established a new attractive capability for order picking in eCommerce fulfillment.

Among all regions, the US has been the key region to target having more than $4B market size in 2019 with a growth rate of 12% in the next 5 years. Germany is the traditional hub in Europe apart having ~35% market share in the region apart from some attractive markets like the UK, the Nordic region and France. It is expected that next wave of opportunity is going to be originated from South East Asia, India & Australia which are the key market in APAC after China, Japan and South Korea. This group (SEA) of 10 countries is leading the adoption of robotics automation to match the GDP growth of around 5% but pandemic has put down this growth in the short term.

AGV/AMR market is expected to cross $5B mark by 2026 with a CAGR of ~32%. AMR (without any external support of optical tape, sensor or vision) is going to be the main contributor in retail warehouses due to high demand in the e-commerce sector and its flexibility to deploy the robot without any major change in the existing warehouse infrastructure. However, it is a bit slow in terms of pick rate per hour as compared to ASRS but is preferred in small and medium warehouses due to lower cost and quick deployment. It is expected that AGVs/AMRs are going to have more than 18% market share by 2026 in overall warehouse automation market led by AMR players like Geek+, Grey Orange, HikRobot, Locus Robotics, Fetch Robotics, Shopify (6 River Systems), Teradyne (MiR, AutoGuide Mobile Robots), Quicktron etc.

The Grocery industry is one of the most challenging and attractive industries from a logistics perspective. Grocery distributors ship high cubic volumes of merchandise to retail stores with frequent deliveries to ensure product freshness. Grocery distribution center operations are amongst the most labour intensive of any industry.

Higher automation driven by online grocery, micro-fulfillment centers and COVID-19 is going to be the biggest opportunity in next 2-3 years led by cube ASRS, Delivery Robots and Micro-Fulfillment players such as AutoStore, Takeoff Technologies, Exotec, Fabric, Attabotics, Dematic, Nuro, Tele Retail, KiwiBot, Robby Technologies, and Starship It will witness an opportunity worth ~$5B by 2026 with ~18% growth rate. Kroger has already partnered with Ocado to bring its stores and supply chain to deliver best-in-class service to its customers. The first phase of the plan involves building 20 automated customer fulfillment centers across the United States to modernize and streamline operations.

Facts to Know

  • Global e-Commerce sales have grown at a CAGR of 20% over the last decade, reaching ~$3.5 trillion worldwide in 2019 and expected to grow to ~$7.5 trillion by 2026. The share of online retail sales has gone from ~2% of total to ~13%, and is further expected to reach ~22% by 2026
  • Existing fully automated systems can reduce warehouse related labour costs by up to 65% and logistics-related spatial use by up to 60% at the same time as it increases the maximum output capacity.
  • The adoption of technology is by no means uniform. While one-hour delivery is available when buying online in some parts of the U.S. and Europe, the average promised delivery time in Brazil is nine days. had a record-breaking Singles Day in 2019, with transaction volume exceeding CNY204 bn (US$29 bn), up by 27.9% on the previous year. Logistics played an important role, with 90% of areas achieving same-or next day delivery and 108% YOY increase in the number of orders fulfilled by automated warehouses.
  • Amazon Robotics automates the company's fulfillment centers using more than 200,000 autonomous mobile robots, up more than 600% from 30,000 at the end of 2015. Last year, DHL announced an investment of $300 million to modernize 60% of it warehouses in North America with IoT and autonomous robots. The company also committed a deployment of 1,000 LocusBots for delivery fulfillment. The funds are earmarked to bring emerging technology to 350 of DHL Supply Chain's 430 operating sites.
  • Warehouse labour shortages are also an issue with peak labour demands occurring around major shopping holidays viz. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime day, Thanksgiving Day and Singles Day. Warehouses have to hire temporary labour around these peak times to meet the customer delivery schedules. Supply chain robotics company Cainiao has installed 700 robots at China's largest robot-run warehouse to process orders on Singles Day.

Key Questions to be answered through this report

  • What are the major trends and drivers impacting the Warehouse Automation Market in post-pandemic scenario?
  • What is the revenue outlook (TAM) and forecast till 2026 for Warehouse Automation Market by segments such as End-user Industries, Regions, and Technologies?
  • What are the key investments and M&A in Warehouse Automation space?
  • Who are the major participants across Warehouse Automation Ecosystem and by key segments?
  • What are the competitive dynamics of Warehouse Automation Market in each segment?
  • What are the strategic imperative and calls to action that will define growth and success within Warehouse Automation for the next 5 years?

Key Topics Covered:

1 Warehouse Automation

2 Warehouse Automation Technology Breakdown

3 Warehouse Automation Business Model, Drivers and Trends

4 COVID-19 pandemic - Impact on warehouse automation

5 Warehouse automation drivers and trends

6 Warehouse Automation Market, by Technology

7 Warehouse Automation Market, by End-user Industry

8 Warehouse Automation Market Share, by country

9 Warehouse Automation Developments - Major Customers

10 Competitive Landscape

11 Warehouse Equipment and Solution Providers

12 AGV & AMR providers

13 Autonomy Service Providers (ASP)

14 Piece Picking Robots

15 Warehouse Management System Providers

16 Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC)

17 Warehouse Drones

18 Delivery Robots

19 Emerging Technologies

20 Research Methodology

Companies Mentioned

Material Handling Equipment:

  • Dematic
  • Honeywell Intelligrated
  • Murata Machinery
  • Raymond
  • Conveyco
  • Savoye
  • Witron
  • Beumer Group
  • Swisslog
  • TGW
  • Interlake Mecalux
  • Knapp
  • OPEX Corporation
  • Inther
  • Westfalia
  • IHI
  • Vanderlande
  • MHS
  • Bastian Solutions
  • Kuecker
  • Lodige
  • Kardex
  • Jungheinrich
  • Dambach
  • PSB Intralogistics
  • Gudel
  • Korber


  • Geek+
  • Quicktron (Flashhold)
  • Amazon Robotics (Kiva System)
  • Grey Orange
  • HikRobots
  • MiR
  • inVia Robotics
  • Guidance Automation
  • IAM Robotics
  • EiraTech Robotics
  • Aethon
  • 6 River Systems (Shopify)
  • Caja System
  • Cobalt
  • Sherpa (Norcan)
  • Syrius Robotics
  • Locus Robotics
  • Matthews Automation Solutions
  • Waypoint Robotics
  • iFuture Robotics
  • SMP Robotics
  • Milvus Robotics
  • ALOG Tech
  • Vecna Robotics
  • Fetch Robotics
  • Tompkins Robotics
  • Scallog
  • MegVII
  • Malu Innovation
  • EuroTec (Lowpad)
  • Cohesio Group (Korber)
  • OTTO Motors (Clearpath Robotics)
  • Ubiquity Robotics
  • Neobotix
  • IQ Robotics
  • Next Shift Robotics
  • KnightScope
  • Magazino
  • Intelligent Robots
  • Yandex
  • Savioke
  • Gideon Brothers
  • The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd.
  • ForwardX
  • Omron Adept
  • Milrem Robotics
  • Cainiao
  • Cohesio
  • DS Automation
  • Ro-ber
  • Rocla AGV
  • Active Space Automation
  • AgiLox
  • John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT)
  • AGVE Group
  • EK Automation
  • Transbotics (SCOTT)
  • ESTI Mobile Robotics
  • America in Motion (AIM)
  • Kivnon
  • Oceaneering AGV
  • Casun
  • Savant Automation
  • AGV International
  • Creform
  • PAL Robotics
  • Pulse Integration

Warehouse Management System (WMS):

  • AFS Technologies
  • Aptean
  • Consafe Logistics
  • DataByte
  • Davanti
  • Deposco
  • DSI
  • Ehrhardt + Partner Group
  • EVS
  • Generix Group
  • HAL
  • Hardis Group
  • HighJump
  • inconso
  • Infor
  • Iptor
  • JDA
  • Made4net
  • Manhattan Associates
  • Mantis
  • Mecalux Software
  • Microlistics
  • Oracle
  • Reply
  • SAP
  • Softeon
  • Synergy Logistics
  • Tecsys
  • Tradelink
  • TTX
  • Vinculum
  • vTradEx
  • Savant Software
  • envista
  • Fishbowl


  • Takeoff Technologies
  • Fabric (Commonsense)
  • Dematic
  • Knapp
  • Murata Machinery
  • Alert Innovation
  • Opex Corporation
  • Attabotics
  • Autostore
  • Exotec
  • Swisslog
  • Clevron
  • i-collector
  • Storojet
  • Konecranes
  • Ocado Technology
  • Pulse Integration
  • Geek+

Piece Picking Robots:

  • Righthand Robotics
  • Kindred AI
  • Knapp
  • Universal Robotics
  • Berkshire Grey
  • Plus One Robotics
  • XYZ Robotics
  • Swisslog
  • Grey Orange
  • Dematic
  • Covariant

Last Mile Delivery:

  • Myrmex Robotics
  • Cleveron
  • Starship
  • Nuro AI
  • Refraction AI
  • LogiNext
  • PostMates
  • Bringg
  • Matternet
  • Deliv
  • Roadie
  • Routific
  • Gatik AI
  • iMile
  • Robby Technologies
  • BoxBot
  • Kiwibot
  • Tele Retail

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC):

  • Zebra Technologies
  • Datalogic
  • Cognex
  • SATO
  • Honeywell AIDC
  • SICK
  • Panasonic
  • Toshiba TEC
  • TSC
  • SNBC
  • NCR
  • Scan Source
  • Newland America
  • CAB
  • Unitech
  • M3 Mobile

Autonomy Service Providers (ASP):

  • Covariant AI
  • Brain Corp
  • Balyo
  • Mov AI
  • Amazon Canvas
  • Realtime Robotics
  • Seegrid
  • Kollmorgen
  • Oceaneering
  • PerceptIn
  • RoboCV
  • Robominds
  • SlamTec
  • Freedom Robotics
  • Humatics
  • Clearpath Robotics
  • Bluebotics
  • ASI
  • Exyn Technologies
  • BITO Robotics
  • Vecna Robotics
  • Robust AI
  • Stanley Innovation
  • Southie Autonomy

Warehouse Drones:

  • Drone Delivery Canada
  • Dronescan
  • Eyesee Drone
  • Infinium Robotics Flytrex
  • Airmap
  • UVL Robotics
  • Brookhurst Garage
  • Aeriu
  • Doks

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