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Will a van and delivery robots combination be competitive as a logistics solution?

An article in CNN money titled “This Mercedes Benz van will carry a fleet of delivery robots” (http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/07/technology/starship-robot-mercedes-benz/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool) describes a Mercedes van and a fleet of robots from Starship technologies that will combine the speed of travel of the van … Continue reading

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Are droids better than drones for last mile delivery ?

An article in the Chicago Tribune (April 19, 2016) titled “Droids, not drones, are the future of e-commerce deliveries”, describes plans by Starship Technologies to develp mobile delivery robots to do home deliveries. The company claims that its robots weigh … Continue reading

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Will “botsourcing” bring manufacturing back to the US

An article in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network (http://blogs.hbr.org/) titled “Robots are starting to make offshoring less attractive” describes how use of automation and robots is increasing the attractiveness of US manufacturing. Foxconn’s decision to build iphones in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading

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Coexisting roles for humans and robots

An article in Bloombergbusinessweek (December 17,2012) describes a future where robots coexist with humans to deliver productivity gains. The 64 robots working with 330 humans at Quiet Logistics shows humans doing complex tasks and robots moving material. Given the increased … Continue reading

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Robots and the new US manufacturing competitiveness

An article in the New York Times (August 18, 2012) describes a solar panel plant in San Francisco that uses a significant amount of robots and few people, a Philips plant in the Netherlands that uses 10 % of the … Continue reading

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