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Robotic goods-to-person systems will become increasingly mission critical in some sectors

Gartner predicts that demand for robotic goods-to-person systems will quadruple through 2023, with some organizations becoming increasingly reliant on these systems: something that business continuity managers will need to consider.

In robotic goods-to-person (G2P) systems, robots deliver warehoused goods to a person who remains in one place, helping enforce social distancing in warehouses.

“Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing demand for robotics in warehouses and distribution centers,” said Dwight Klappich, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “G2P systems are an easy and economical way to not only enforce social distancing, but also improve productivity.”

While there’s a variety of technological solutions to address social distancing in warehouses – including technology that traces each employee’s move – robotic systems are easier to implement and less invasive says Gartner. “Keeping people in place and using a virus-resistant robot to move goods around respects people’s privacy and keeps them safe at the same time,” said Mr. Klappich.

In addition to this short-term value, G2P systems also drive broader long-term improvements in efficiency and productivity. Advanced systems offer additional benefits such as improved storage density.

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