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The global logistics robots market size was USD 5.38 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with logistics robots witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market will exhibit a lower growth of 14.1% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The market is projected to grow from USD 6.17 billion in 2021 to USD 17.82 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 16.4% in the 2021-2028 period. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
Logistics robots automate the processes of storing and moving goods through their way in the supply chain procedure. These robots are often utilized in storage facilities and warehouses as they offer greater levels of uptime over manual work. It is further leading to the highest productivity gains and providing profitability to end-users.
Nowadays, the trend of using warehouses equipped with autonomous solutions is growing. It is boosting the importance of timely delivery across logistical facilities. Additionally, the growing demand for complex supply chain operations and E-commerce fulfillment services is a major factor responsible for the emergence of robotics for logistics solutions. Currently, the adoption of AI, machine learning, and warehouse management software solutions are creating opportunities for the greater demand for logistics robots across the globe. Furthermore, labor-intensive operations across warehouses are compelling retailers and facility owners to integrate automated logistic solutions. This is further, propelling the logistics robots market growth.
COVID-19 Impact: Accelerated Need for Factory Automation to Create High Demand
The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the immense loss of several industries across the globe. It affected the growth opportunities of this market to a greater extent till the first half of 2020. The immediate shutdown of warehouses, manufacturing plants, and others has created an adverse impact on the overall supply chain systems.
However, in the second half of 2020, leading players, such as FANUC CORPORATION, ABB, and others are experiencing the need for factory automation. It has resulted in the accelerated demand for robotic arms, automated guided vehicles, and more in facilities across China, the U.S., India, Germany, and other countries worldwide. This, in turn, has brought back the logistical supply chain on track with opportunities for robotics in omni-channel fulfillment. Manufacturers are also catering to these fast-moving applications. For instance, in October 2020, ABB acquired Codian Robotics B.V. to enhance its robotics portfolio across logistics, pharmaceuticals, and food & beverage applications.
Therefore, the aforesaid market is anticipated to witness growth in the future years.
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Rising Adoption of Autonomous Warehouses is a Vital Trend
The growing trend of warehouses equipped with autonomous solutions is gaining traction. The operational workflow including scanning, pick and place, transportation, and others are mostly managed by robots. The market is expected to grow at a significant rate in the upcoming years with the rising number of autonomous warehouses. Also, logistic service providers are aggressively pouring investments which are further expected to drive the market. For instance, in 2019, a U.S. based logistics service provider, XPO Logistics invested USD 550 million a year to integrate industry-leading innovations across its operations in North America and Europe. Furthermore, the expansion of the E-commerce industry and the surging importance of real-time inventory are some of the other factors contributing to the global market growth.
Expansion of the E-commerce Industry is Expected to Propel Growth
Order fulfillment in the E-commerce sector is a major contributor to the rising logistics robots’ deployment. The growing number of online customers is enforcing retailers to adopt the automation process to perform tedious tasks through robotic solutions to keep up with the delivery timelines. Also, the effective integration of digital automation networks provides a real-time overview of operations. Owing to this, manufacturers, logistics, and other companies can easily gauge the status of operations. This functioning is vital for the E-commerce sector as they majorly focus on fulfilling the customer's demand on time. This is also adding impetus to the growth of the market.
High Setup Costs Involved at Initial Stage May Hinder the Market Growth
The logistics robots market is growing owing to its ability to perform various applications. These robots are streamlined with various programming software and sensors which perform different tasks in a row. This involves high costs associated with procuring and programming such robots, thereby resulting in slowing down the market growth. Additionally, the developing economies wherein the regional players find it difficult to pour heavy investments are conducting research & development activities to meet up the leading robotics innovations. This could further lead to restrictions in the market growth. Moreover, small and medium scale retailers are unable to invest in robotic solutions and hence, hire laborers for performing repetitive tasks at warehouses and distribution centers. This is further inhibiting the market growth.
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Technological Advancements to Drive the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) Segment
Based on the type, the market is segmented into autonomous mobile robots, automated guided vehicles, robot arms, and others.
The automated guided vehicles segment is expected to grow at a significant rate in the forecast period owing to its functionality of moving freely around warehouses and factories. Additionally, AGVs can execute an optimal path in real-time or can follow a pre-programmed path with sensor and guided-vision technologies. Furthermore, goods are labeled with barcodes and RFIDs, which enable AGVs to identify the product and place it to its desired destination.
The autonomous mobile robots, robot arms, and others (UAVs) segments are expected to grow at significant rates in the forecast period owing to their ability to perform repetitive tasks at a low cost. Robotic arms can carry high payload capacity objects with precision and autonomous mobile robots are integrated with sensors, and manipulators to efficiently move goods across warehouses and distribution centers.
Deployment of Robots to Carry & Move Heavy Goods to Favor the Growth of Transportation Segment
Based on the application, the market is segmented into palletizing & de-palletizing, pick & place, transportation, and others.
The transportation segment is anticipated to flourish in the forecast period owing to the expansion of various industries including E-commerce, retail, healthcare, and others. The rising deployment of AGVs for moving bulky goods across warehouse facilities is also supplementing the growth of the transportation segment. Additionally, palletizing and de-palletizing is one of the considerable applications performed by AGVs.
The pick & place segment is expected to show considerable growth in the upcoming years with the increasing sales of autonomous mobile robots, robotic arms, and more. The major usage of these robots is to perform repetitive tasks of picking and placing cartons and containers.
Increasing Online Shopping to Strengthen the E-commerce Segment
The industry criterion is further segmented into E-commerce, healthcare, retail, food & beverages, automotive, and others.
The rising business of E-commerce players including Amazon, Snap deal, Flipchart, and Alibaba, is one of the major factors contributing to the growth of the market. Furthermore, the rising trends of online shopping and quick deliveries are boosting the E-commerce industry. Moreover, these key players are revolutionizing the delivery activity by launching delivery drones and robots. For instance, in June 2019, Amazon debuted a new delivery drone that will start shipping packages to its customers within a distance of around 15 miles and can deliver in less than 30 minutes. Owing to this, the E-commerce industry is expected to drive the market.
The healthcare, retail, food & beverage, and automotive segments are expected to grow at considerable rates in the forecast period owing to the rising disposable income, increasing customers’ demand for real-time delivery, and surging consumption of FMCG products.
Asia Pacific Logistics Robots Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)
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Based on regions, the global market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. They are further segregated into countries.
North America is projected to capture the highest market share in the global market in 2020. It is owing to the rising construction of warehouses and distribution centers across this region. Also, high investments for the development of industry 4.0, smart factories, and automated warehouse systems are increasing the sales of logistics type of robots in this region. Furthermore, growing E-commerce, healthcare, and retail industries would play a vital role in enhancing the deployments of these robots across the region.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at a higher rate in the upcoming years owing to the considerable presence of manufacturers operating in this region. Countries including China and South Korea are rigorously accentuating on upgrading the existing technologies to stay competitive in the global market. Furthermore, the rising E-commerce and automotive industries in the Asia Pacific region are driving the logistics robot market.
China to Showcase Highest CAGR: Leading Participants Focus on Establishing Strong Network across the Country
China is one of the leading consumers of logistics robots. As per our secondary research, the country is well ahead of others when it comes to the robot density measured across industries, including logistics, chemicals, automotive, electronics, and others. In accordance, market players, such as ABB, KION GROUP AG, FANUC CORPORATION, and others are focusing on the merger & acquisition strategy to improve penetration rate in the China robotics market. For instance, in August 2020, KION GROUP AG strategically partnered with Quicktron, a manufacturer of AMRs in China. The partnership is expanding KION Group AG’s automated warehouse solutions portfolio.
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Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and Latin America are expected to grow at a considerable rate owing to the rising E-commerce industry, growing retail industry, growing construction of warehouses and distribution centers.
Key players are Focusing on Expanding Their Businesses across the Globe
Key market participants such as ABB and others are adopting various marketing strategies including mergers & acquisitions, new product launches, collaborations, and joint ventures to increase their global footprint. Also, they are aligning with start-up companies to integrate innovative technologies into their existing product lines. For instance, in November 2020, FANUC CORPORATION America partnered with Plus One Robotics (a market player in AI machine vision for robots in logistics) to deliver industry-leading automation solutions for E-commerce customers.
Vecna Robotics is Adopting Various Marketing Strategies to Generate More Sales
Vecna Robotics is focusing on fastening the supply chain ecosystem by offering robotic warehouse systems to revolutionize the logistics industry. Also, the company is adopting various marketing strategies to expand its sales. For instance, in September 2019, Vecna Robotics mounted a permanent display of its robotic vehicles at the innovation Centre located in Illinois, United States named ‘DHL Americas Innovation Center.’ This would showcase its product to senior supply chain and industry professionals and foster automation in logistics.
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The global logistics robots market report provides detailed information regarding various insights into the industry. Some of them are growth drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, regional analysis, and challenges. It further offers an analytical depiction of the market trends and estimations to illustrate the forthcoming investment pockets. The market is quantitatively analyzed from 2021 to 2028 to provide financial competency. The information gathered in the report has been taken from several primary and secondary sources.
2017 – 2028
2021 – 2028
2017 – 2019
Value (USD Billion)
Type, Application, Industry and Region
Fortune Business Insights says that the market stood at USD 5.38 billion in 2020.
Fortune Business Insights says that the market will reach USD 17.82 billion in 2028
Registering a CAGR of 16.4%, the market will exhibit strong growth during the forecast period.
By type, the automated guided vehicles segment is expected to lead during the forecast period.
The ever-growing E-commerce sector attributed to rising numbers of online customers is expected to drive the market.
ABB, TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. are the top companies in the global market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest CAGR in the market.
Based on the application, the transportation segment is expected to hold the highest market share
The E-commerce segment is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period.
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