For a while now, the fast growth in robotics has led many to believe that they will be replacing a lot of human labor. While this aspect will be inevitable, many people still talk about it like it is in the distant future. Actually, most of the robots are already either in place doing work or are in their final stages of testing before being deployed. If you take a closer look at what is going on in the robotics industry, then you will not be surprised when your next cup of tea is brought to you by a robot.
One industry that is already taking giant steps in using robots to do jobs that were initially the preserve of humans is the retail sector. A retail chain store, for example, has a complex network of processes from the sourcing of the products to the time they are in the customers’ hands. The process may seem like an easy one but its entrails have seen many companies see the many benefits robots will bring with them. The benefits come in the form of operational costs, time and consistency.
In terms of consistency, the robots have proven that they can handle complex tasks and still come out with the right answers to every problem thrown at them. A look at a firm like Amazon.com reveals that its inventory is one of the most complex any firm can have. To handle such a workload requires a machine that knows more than what humans can. For example, keeping the inventory levels that are healthy for the firm to meet the needs of the customer requires the intelligence of a robot. Humans have so far done a poor job in this sector. This aspect will allow firms be sure of what promises to make to its customers.
Given that the current forms of technology in tracking inventory such as RFID are limited in many ways, only robots can do the job effectively. For example, RFID may not work well in stores dealing with metals, liquids and other such materials. While it is a hit in the fashion industry, they have failed in other areas of retail. Robots, on the other hand, can be instructed to look for specific items in the store and gauge their number. Target, the US retail giant, recently put to test a robot to deal with inventory in a store in San Francisco. The robot simply looks for empty shelf space and reports to the management.
The advent of the robots in business has been slow but they will eventually do any task that humans can do. With their levels of consistency in performing tasks, they have a big chance of landing jobs. They do not get tired even when performing repetitive tasks unlike human capital that requires breaks and motivation. Keeping this in mind, it is clear the robots are soon here and they are to stay.