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Warehouse Robotics Market by Type (Mobile, Articulated, Cylindrical, SCARA, Parallel, Cartesian), Software, Function (Pick & Place, Palletizing & Depalletizing, Transportation, Packaging), Payload Capacity, Industry, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: February 2017
Report Code: SE 5019

 

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Rising labor costs, growing e-commerce industry, need for efficient and reliable warehouse operations, active funding from venture capitalists for startup robotics companies, increasing adoption of warehouse robotics by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the key driving factors for the growth of the market. The warehouse robotics market was valued at USD 2.28 Billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.8% between 2017 and 2022. The base year considered for the study is 2016 and the forecast period is between 2017 and 2022. The objective of the report is to provide a detailed analysis of the market based on type, software, function, payload capacity, industry, and geography. The report provides detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the market. The report also provides a detailed overview of the value chain of the market and analyzes the market trends on the basis of the Porter's five forces analysis.

The research methodology used to estimate and forecast the warehouse robotics market begins with obtaining data on key vendor revenues through secondary research such as International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Robotics Industries Association (RIA), Japan Robot Association (JARA), British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), and the newsletters and whitepapers of the leading players in this market. The vendor offerings have also been taken into consideration to determine the market segmentation. The bottom-up procedure has been employed to arrive at the overall size of the market from the revenue of key players. After arriving at the overall market size, the total market has been split into several segments and subsegments, which have then been verified through primary research by conducting extensive interviews of people holding key positions in the industry such as CEOs, VPs, directors, and executives. The market breakdown and data triangulation procedures have been employed to complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics for all segments and subsegments. The breakdown of the profiles of primaries has been depicted in the following figure:

Warehouse Robotics Market

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The warehouse robotics ecosystem comprises robot designers and manufacturers, component providers, system integrators, software providers, and distributors. The players involved in the development of warehouse robotic systems include ABB Ltd. (Switzerland), Fanuc Corp. (Japan), Kuka AG (Germany), Yaskawa Electric Corp. (Japan), and Amazon.com, Inc. (U.S.) among others. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has defined various design and safety standards such as ISO 8373:2012, ISO 9283:1998, ISO 9787:2013, ISO 10218-1:2011, ISO 10218-2:2011, and ISO/TS 15066 for warehouse robotic systems.

Target audience of the report:

  • Government bodies, venture capitalists, and private equity firms
  • Manufacturers of components such as sensors, controllers, actuators, relays, and amplifiers
  • Research institutes and organizations
  • Robot designers and manufacturers
  • System integrators
  • Warehouse operators in various industries such as e-commerce, automotive, chemicals, food and beverages, metals and machinery, and electrical and electronics

This study answers several questions for the stakeholders, primarily which market segments to focus on in the next two to five years for prioritizing efforts and investments.

Scope of the Report:

This research report categorizes the overall warehouse robotics market on the basis of type, software, function, payload capacity, industry, and geography.

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Type

  • Mobile Robots
  • Articulated Robots
  • Cylindrical Robots
  • SCARA Robots
  • Parallel Robots
  • Cartesian Robots

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Software

  • Warehouse Management System
  • Warehouse Control System
  • Warehouse Execution System

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Function

  • Pick and Place
  • Palletizing and Depalletizing
  • Transportation
  • Packaging

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Payload Capacity

  • 0.5 kg to 10 kg
  • 11 kg to 80 kg
  • 81 kg to 180 kg
  • 181 kg to 300 kg
  • 301 kg to 900 kg
  • More Than 900 kg

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Industry

  • E-Commerce
  • Automotive
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Metal and Machinery
  • Chemical, Rubber, and Plastic
  • Food and Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others

Warehouse Robotics Market, by Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 15)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Scope of the Study
           1.3.1 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Limitations
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 19)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
                    2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
    2.2 Secondary and Primary Research
           2.2.1 Key Industry Insights
           2.2.2 Breakdown of Primaries
    2.3 Market Size Estimation
           2.3.1 Bottom-Up Approach
                    2.3.1.1 Approach for Arriving at the Market Share By Bottom-Up Analysis (Demand Side)
           2.3.2 Top-Down Approach
                    2.3.2.1 Approach for Capturing the Market Share By Top-Down Analysis (Supply Side)
    2.4 Market Breakdown & Data Triangulation
    2.5 Research Assumptions

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 28)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 34)
    4.1 Warehouse Robotics Market
    4.2 Market, By Type
    4.3 Market, By Software
    4.4 Market, By Industry and  Region
    4.5 Market, By Geography

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 37)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Segmentation
           5.2.1 Warehouse Robotics, By Type
           5.2.2 Warehouse Robotics, By Software
           5.2.3 Warehouse Robotics, By Function
           5.2.4 Warehouse Robotics, By Payload Capacity
           5.2.5 Warehouse Robotics, By Industry
           5.2.6 Warehouse Robotics, By Geography
    5.4 Market Dynamics
           5.4.1 Drivers
                    5.4.1.1 Growing E-Commerce Industry
                    5.4.1.2 Active Funding From Venture Capitalists
                    5.4.1.3 Need for Enhanced Quality and Reliability in Warehouse Operations
                    5.4.1.4 Increasing Adoption of Warehouse Robotics By Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMES)
           5.4.2 Restraints
                    5.4.2.1 High Set Up Cost
                    5.4.2.2 Lack of Skilled Workforce
           5.4.3 Opportunities
                    5.4.3.1 Integration of Industry 4.0 With Warehouse Robots
           5.4.4 Challenges
                    5.4.4.1 Lack of Awareness in Developing Countries
                    5.4.4.2 Designing an Advanced Robotic System That Meets the Requirement of Consumers in the Era of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

6 Industry Trends (Page No. - 45)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Value Chain Analysis
    6.3 Porter’s Five Forces Model
           6.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           6.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           6.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
           6.3.4 Threat of Substitutes
           6.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

7 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Type (Page No. - 53)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Mobile Robots
    7.3 Articulated Robots
    7.4 Cylindrical Robots
    7.5 Scara Robots
    7.6 Parallel Robots
    7.7 Cartesian Robots

8 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Software (Page No. - 70)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Warehouse Management System
           8.2.1 Benefits of WMS
    8.3 Warehouse Control System
           8.3.1 Benefits of WCS
    8.4 Warehouse Execution System
           8.4.1 Benefits of WES

9 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Function (Page No. - 75)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Pick & Place
    9.3 Palletizing & Depalletizing
    9.4 Transportation
    9.5 Packaging

10 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Payload Capacity (Page No. - 79)
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 0.5 kg to 10 kg
     10.3 11 kg to 80 kg
     10.4 81 kg to 180 kg
     10.5 181 kg to 300 kg
     10.6 301 kg to 900 kg
     10.7 More Than 900 kg

11 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Industry (Page No. - 88)
     11.1 Introduction
     11.2 E-Commerce
             11.2.1 Increasing Trend of Online Shopping Expected to Boost the Warehouse Robotics Market
     11.3 Automotive
             11.3.1 Increasing Demand for Automotive Spare Parts Market
     11.4 Electrical & Electronics
             11.4.1 Electrical and Electronics Companies Using Robots to Strengthen Warehouse Operations
     11.5 Metal and Machinery
             11.5.1 Robotic Systems Replacing Humans in Metal and Machinery Warehouse Operations
     11.6 Chemical, Rubber, & Plastic
             11.6.1 Steady Growth of Rubber Industry Drives the Need for Automated Warehousing
     11.7 Food & Beverages
             11.7.1 Robotics in the Cold Storage Warehouses
     11.8 Pharmaceuticals
             11.8.1 Rising Trend of Fully Automated Pharmaceutical Warehouses
     11.9 Others
             11.9.1 Paper & Printing
             11.9.2 Textile & Clothing

12 Warehouse Robotics Market, Geographical Analysis (Page No. - 105)
     12.1 Introduction
     12.2 North America
             12.2.1 U.S.
             12.2.2 Canada
             12.2.3 Mexico
     12.3 Europe
             12.3.1 Germany
             12.3.2 France
             12.3.3 U.K.
             12.3.4 Rest of Europe
     12.4 APAC
             12.4.1 China
             12.4.2 Japan
             12.4.3 South Korea
             12.4.4 India
             12.4.5 Rest of APAC
     12.5 RoW
             12.5.1 South America
             12.5.2 Middle East
             12.5.3 Africa

13 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 124)
     13.1 Overview
     13.2 Market Ranking Analysis for Warehouse Robotics System Manufacturers
     13.3 Competitive Situation and Trends
             13.3.1 New Product Launches
             13.3.2 Contracts and Acquisitions
             13.3.3 Expansions
             13.3.4 Agreements, Collaborations, and Partnerships

14 Company Profiles (Page No. - 131)
     14.1 Introduction
(Business Overview, Products & Services, Key Insights, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, Ratio Analysis, MnM View)*
     14.2 ABB Ltd.
     14.3 Fanuc Corp.
     14.4 Kuka AG
     14.5 Yaskawa Electric Corp.
     14.6 ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc.
     14.7 Amazon.Com, Inc. (Amazon Robotics)
     14.8 Honeywell International, Inc. (Intelligrated)
     14.9 Omron Corp. (Adept Technology, Inc.)
     14.10 Fetch Robotics, Inc.
     14.11 IAM Robotics
     14.12 Magazino GmbH
     14.13 SSI Schaefer AG
     14.14 Wynright Corp.
     14.15 Key Innovators
             14.15.1 Greyorange Pte Ltd.
             14.15.2 Locus Robotics
             14.15.3 Geek+ Inc.
             14.15.4 Invia Robotics, Inc.

*Details on Business Overview, Products & Services, Key Insights, Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, MnM View Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.

15 Appendix (Page No. - 159)
     15.1 Insights of Industry Experts
     15.2 Discussion Guide
     15.3 Knowledge Store: Marketsandmarkets’ Subscription Portal
     15.4 Introducing RT: Real-Time Market Intelligence
     15.5 Available Customizations
     15.6 Related Reports
     15.7 Author Details


List of Tables (65 Tables)

Table 1 Warehouse Robotics Market, 2014–2022 (USD Million & Units)
Table 2 Market, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 3 Market, By Type, 2014–2022 (Units)
Table 4 Market for Mobile Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 5 Market for Mobile Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 6 Market for Mobile Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 7 Market for Articulated Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 8 Market for Articulated Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 9 Market for Articulated Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 10 Warehouse Robotics Market for Cylindrical Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 11 Market for Cylindrical Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 12 Market for Cylindrical Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 13 Warehouse Robotics Market for Scara Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 14 Market for Scara Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 15 Market for Scara Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 16 Warehouse Robotics Market for Parallel Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 17 Market for Parallel Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 18 Market for Parallel Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 19 Warehouse Robotics Market for Cartesian Robots, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 20 Market for Cartesian Robots, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 21 Market for Cartesian Robots, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 22 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Software, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 23 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Function, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 24 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Payload Capacity, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 25 Market for 0.5 kg to 10 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 26 Market for 11 kg to 80 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 27 Market for 81 kg to 180 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 28 Market for 181 kg to 300 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 29 Market for 301 kg to 900 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 30 Market for 301 kg to 900 kg Payload Capacity, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 31 Warehouse Robotics Market, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 32 Warehouse Robotics Market for E-Commerce Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 33 Market for E-Commerce Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 34 Warehouse Robotics Market for Automotive Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 35 Market for Automotive Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 36 Warehouse Robotics Market for Electrical & Electronics Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 37 Market for Electrical & Electronics Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 38 Warehouse Robotics Market for Metal & Machinery Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 39 Market for Metal & Machinery Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 40 Warehouse Robotics Market for Chemical, Rubber, & Plastic Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 41 Market for Chemical, Rubber, & Plastic Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 42 Warehouse Robotics Market for Food & Beverages Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 43 Market for Food & Beverages Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 44 Warehouse Robotics Market for Pharmaceuticals Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 45 Market for Pharmaceuticals Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 46 Market for Other Industry, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 47 Market for Other Industry, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 48 Market, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 49 Warehouse Robotics Market in North America, By Country, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 50 Market in North America, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 51 Market in North America, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 52 Warehouse Robotics Market in Europe, By Country, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 53 Market in Europe, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 54 Market in Europe, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 55 Warehouse Robotics Market in APAC, By Country, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 56 Market in APAC, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 57 Market in APAC, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 58 Warehouse Robotics Market in RoW, By Region, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 59 Market in RoW, By Type, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 60 Market in RoW, By Industry, 2014–2022 (USD Million)
Table 61 Ranking of Top Five Players: Warehouse Robotics Market, 2016
Table 62 New Product Launches, 2014–2016
Table 63 Contracts and Acquisitions, 2014–2016
Table 64 Expansions, 2014–2016
Table 65 Agreements, Collaborations, and Partnerships, 2014–2016


List of Figures (71 Figures)

Figure 1 Segmentation of the Warehouse Robotics
Figure 2 Warehouse Robotics : Research Design
Figure 3 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 4 Market Size Estimation Methodology: Top-Down Approach
Figure 5 Data Triangulation
Figure 6 Assumptions of the Research Study
Figure 7 Warehouse Robotics Market Segmentation
Figure 8 Market Snapshot (2017 vs 2022): Mobile Robots Held the Largest Size of the Market in 2017
Figure 9 WMS Expected to Lead Warehouse Robotics Software Market Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 10 Market for Transportation Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 11 Market for 0.5 kg to 10 kg Payload Capacity Expected to Be Largest and Fastest Growing Segment Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 12 Market for Food & Beverages Industry Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 13 North America is Estimated to Have the Largest Share of the Market in 2017
Figure 14 Attractive Growth Opportunities in the Warehouse Robotics Market Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 15 Mobile Robots Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 16 Warehouse Management System Expected to Lead the Warehouse Robotics for Software During the Forecast Period
Figure 17 E-Commerce Industry and North America Expected to Hold the Largest Share of the Overall Warehouse Robotics in 2017
Figure 18 U.S. to Hold the Largest Share of the Warehouse Robotics in 2017
Figure 19 Market, By Geography
Figure 20 DROC: Warehouse Robotics Market, 2016
Figure 21 Value Chain Analysis: Major Value is Added During the Manufacturing and Assembly Stage
Figure 22 Warehouse Robotics : Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, 2016
Figure 23 Bargaining Power of Suppliers Expected to Have A High Impact on the Warehouse Robotics
Figure 24 High Quality of Raw Materials to Have A Significant Impact on the Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Figure 25 Moderate Switching Cost of Buyers to Have A Medium Impact on the Bargaining Power of Buyers
Figure 26 High Capital Requirement to Have A Medium Impact on the Threat of New Entrants
Figure 27 Low Number of Substitutes Leading to Medium Impact of the Threat of Substitutes
Figure 28 Moderate Technology Differentiation Leading to Medium Impact of Competition
Figure 29 Market Segmentation, By Type
Figure 30 Mobile Robots Expected to Be the Largest and Highest Growing Market in the Warehouse Robotics Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 31 North America Expected to Lead the Mobile Robots Market Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 32 North America Expected to Hold the Largest Share of the Articulated Robots Market in 2017
Figure 33 APAC Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022 in the Cylindrical Robots Market
Figure 34 Parallel Robots Market With Payload Capacity of 0.5 kg to 10 kg Expected to Dominate Market Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 35 E-Commerce Industry Expected to Lead the Cartesian Robots Market During the Forecast Period
Figure 36 Market Segmentation, By Software
Figure 37 WMS to H0ld the Largest Share of the Warehouse Robotics for Software During the Forecast Period
Figure 38 WES Integrates Key Functionalities of Both WMS and WCS
Figure 39 Market Segmentation, By Function
Figure 40 Pick and Place Robot is Expected to Lead the Warehouse Robotics During the Forecast Period
Figure 41 Market Segmentation, By Payload Capacity
Figure 42 Mobile Robots With 11 kg to 80 kg Payload Capacity Held the Largest Size of the Warehouse Robotics During the Forecast Period
Figure 43 Articulated Robots With 301 kg to 900 kg Payload Capacity is Expected to Have the Largest Size of the Market Between  2017 and 2022
Figure 44 Warehouse Robotics, By Industry
Figure 45 North America Expected to Lead the Warehouse Robotics for E-Commerce Industry Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 46 Mobile Robots Market in the Electrical & Electronics Industry is Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate During the Forecast Period
Figure 47 Mobile Robot Expected to Dominate the Warehouse Robotics for Chemical, Rubber, & Plastic Industry Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 48 APAC Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022 in the Warehouse Robotics for Food & Beverages Industry
Figure 49 Warehouse Robotics Market in India to Grow at the Highest Rate During the Forecast Period
Figure 50 Overview of the Market in North America
Figure 51 U.S. to Hold the Largest Size of the Market in North America Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 52 Overview of the Warehouse Robotics Market in Europe
Figure 53 Warehouse Robotics Market in U.K. Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 54 Overview of the Warehouse Robotics Market in APAC
Figure 55 China to Hold the Largest Size of the Warehouse Robotics Market in APAC Between 2017 and 2022
Figure 56 RoW: Warehouse Robotics Market Snapshot
Figure 57 Companies Adopted New Product Launches as A Key Growth Strategy Between 2014 and 2016
Figure 58 Battle for Market Share: New Product Launches Was the Key Strategy
Figure 59 Geographic Revenue Mix of Key Market Players (2015)
Figure 60 ABB Ltd.: Company Snapshot
Figure 61 ABB Ltd.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 62 Fanuc Corp.: Company Snapshot
Figure 63 Fanuc Corp.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 64 Kuka AG: Company Snapshot
Figure 65 Kuka AG: SWOT Analysis
Figure 66 Yaskawa Electric Corp.: Company Snapshot
Figure 67 Yaskawa Electric Corp.: SWOT Analysis
Figure 68 ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc.: Company Snapshot
Figure 69 Amazon.Com, Inc.: Company Snapshot
Figure 70 Honeywell International, Inc.: Company Snapshot
Figure 71 Omron Corp.: Company Snapshot

The warehouse robotics market is expected to be valued at USD 4.44 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 11.8% between 2017 and 2022. The growth of this market is propelled by the growing e-commerce industry, need for enhanced quality and reliability in warehouse operations, active funding from venture capitalist for startup robotics companies, and increasing adoption of warehouse robotics by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Mobile robots held the largest share of the warehouse robotics market in 2016 and is expected to grow at a high rate between 2017 and 2022. Mobile robots are widely used by leading e-commerce companies and are also being gradually implemented in warehouses operated by manufacturing companies. The mobile robot adapts to changes in product types and velocities, order prioritization, and order shipment accuracy. Another key advantage of the mobile robot is a faster return on investment (ROI), as mobile robots are easier to set up and cheaper to operate.

Warehouse management system (WMS) accounted for the largest share of the warehouse robotics market in 2016 and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2022. WMS is a highly specialized business application that controls the flow of inventory into, within and out of a company’s warehouse or multiple warehouses. High awareness about the benefits offered by WMS among warehouse operators is the key driver for the growth of the WMS market. WMS offers benefits such as higher productivity, reduced cost, improved space utilization, reduced inventory, and improved customer satisfaction.

Pick and place function accounted for the largest share of the overall market in 2016. Pick and place robots are widely used by various industries, as these robots are accurate and highly efficient and reduce the order processing time and related cost. The warehouse robotics market for the transportation function is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2022. In a very demanding warehouse and distribution environment, the internal transportation of goods and products need to be done very efficiently and cost effectively. Thus, the warehouse operators are widely using robots for performing automated transportation of goods between different locations within a warehouse.

The 0.5 kg to 10 kg payload capacity held the largest share of the warehouse robotics in 2016 and is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. The e-commerce and food and beverages are highly demanding industries in the warehouse robotics market. Many warehouse operators of these industries invest in robots with smaller payload capacity as these robots can handle smaller sized packets efficiently and cost effectively.

The e-commerce industry accounted for the largest share of the overall warehouse robotics market in 2016. Since the past few years, the global e-commerce industry has been witnessing strong growth and profitability. The increasing trend of online shopping,  rapidly changing customer demands, increasing demand for shorter delivery times, and fierce competition among online retailing companies has increased the demand for automated fulfilment centers, which in turn has increased the demand for robots. The market for the food and beverages industry is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2017 and 2022. In the food and beverages industry, the fast moving nature of the products need warehouse operators to maintain their inventory on a continuous basis to satisfy the rapidly growing customer demands. To handle the increasing demand, companies are using warehouse robotics for pick and place, packaging, and transportation applications.

Warehouse Robotics Market

North America is expected to hold the largest share of the warehouse robotics market during the forecast period. The players in North America are emphasizing on modernizing their plants and facilities with advanced technologies. Furthermore, the emphasis on workers safety, higher adoption of warehouse automation technologies, and significant number of established players are driving the demand for the market in North America. Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the market between 2017 and 2022. The countries such as China and Japan have the largest automotive manufacturing base. The increase in production facilities, rising domestic demand for products, continuous upgradation and improved efficiency of warehouses are the key factors for the growth of market in APAC.

The key restraining factors for the growth of the warehouse robotics market is the high set up cost and lack of skilled workforce. Huge capital expenditure is required to set up and install warehouse robots. An average cost of a mobile robot varies between USD 25,000 and USD 40,000. Whereas, the average cost of fixed robot varies between USD 60,000 and USD 140,000. These high costs discourage warehouse operators from choosing high-end warehouse robots, which hampers the growth of the market.

The key market players such as Fanuc Corp. (Japan) and Kuka AG (Germany) are focusing on strategies such as new product launches, expansions, contracts, and collaborations to enhance their product offerings and expand their business.

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