Amazon Employing Over 1400 Robots for Warehouse Fulfillment Work During the Holiday Rush
The e-commerce site is putting to use its acquisition of Kiva Systems, a company that builds these robot things that can zip shelves full of merchandise across the warehouse floor to workers as opposed to the other way around. It's already happened in Amazon's Seattle area warehouses, which the company expects their use to translate in up to $916 million in savings for one year of service.
If Amazon can indeed save that much, the Kiva Systems acquisition will have paid for itself, and then some. Amazon acquired the company for $775 million in March 2012 and is finally putting its purchase to use. According to Amazon's third quarter earnings report, it has about 1,400 Kiva robots dutifully shuttling packages to and fro in three of its warehouses.
Here's a video of the little orange Kiva robots at work: