Business, Technology, Logistics

DHL Opens Chicago Innovation Center

DHL worker at Chicago Innovation Center Using Google Glass, a DHL worker remotely operates a Crown Rider Double Pallet Jack at the new Innovation Center in Chicago. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

CHICAGO — Chicago’s long history as a transportation and logistics hub is one of the reasons DHL North America selected the city for its third Innovation Center worldwide. The Americas Innovation Center, which opened Sept. 12, showcases technologies that already have provided significant productivity increases.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Displacing Jobs Means 120 Million Workers Need Retraining

Robotic Arm Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

More than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
September 6, 2019

New Square Service Uses Robot Photographer to Snap Products

A camera and lighting equipment set up at Sqaure Ecom's photo studio A camera and lighting equipment set up at Sqaure Ecom's photo studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 10. (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg News)

A new service developed by Square Inc. is offering robotic product-photography. It will charge about $10 plus shipping for customers to send a product weighing less than 20 pounds to the Brooklyn studio and within two weeks, receive three digital photos from different angles.

Julie Verhage | Bloomberg News
July 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

New, More Agile Robots Speed Takeover of Jobs From Humans

Robots Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg News

Robots that can see, learn and grip different items are advancing quickly into the retail, food-and-beverage, and consumer-packaged-good industries. While deliveries of robots to the U.S. auto industry fell 12% last year, shipments to food and consumer-product companies soared 48%.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Robots Taking on More Georgia Warehouse Jobs as Industry Grows

Robot An Amazon warehouse robot. (Bess Adler/Bloomberg News)

E-commerce, growing at 15% a year, is driving a second boom in Georgia’s robust warehousing and logistics industry, which employs about 118,000 packers and material handlers across the state.

Christopher Quinn | The Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Ford, Walmart in Group Developing Last-Mile Robots

Ford-Agility Robotics final-mile delivery robot Ford and Agility Robotics explore how a new robot, Digit, can help get packages to your door efficiently with the help of self-driving vehicles. (Ford)

Human-like robots that can move across sidewalks and climb stairs are on the way to neighborhoods, and they are looking to track down humans. But this scenario is not from the latest sequel to “The Terminator.” This two-legged, two-armed robot, named Digit, is being produced by the Ford Motor Co. and Agility Robotics of Oregon, and is seeking to deliver goods to consumers.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Aren’t Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

Robot Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines.

Natalia Drozdiak | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Fiat Said to Weigh Robotics Unit Sale for Up to $2.3 Billion

Fiat Motors Factory Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options for its robotics arm, Comau, including a potential sale at a value of 1.5 billion euros to 2 billion euros ($1.7 billion to $2.3 billion), sources familiar with the matter said. The shares rose the most since July.

November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Robots Take On the Final Mile

Fleet of small robots The delivery of food and small packages in urban areas has been identified as a potential application for sidewalk robots. (Starship Technologies)

Imagine if the next time you place an order for delivery from your favorite local restaurant, you’re greeted at your door not by a person but by an urban delivery robot.

August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Teradyne Expands in Warehouse Robotics

Warehouse automation AP

Danish autonomous robot manufacturer Mobile Industrial Robots was acquired by Teradyne Inc. for $148 million in cash, with an additional $124 million paid if several performance milestones are met through 2020.

April 30, 2018