Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Market is segmented by Product type (Fixed Aisle Systems, Vertical Lift Modules, and Carousels), End-user Vertical (Automotive, Food & Beverages, Retail, and General Manufacturing), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

automated storage and retrieval systems market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 9.95 %

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Market Overview

The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Market was valued at USD 16576.2 million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 29,244.73 million by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.95 % over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. ASRS are most beneficial in warehouse applications. These systems save a large floor space, which is a crucial factor in warehouse operations. With the evolution of technology, the flow and control of materials have become better. The equipment offers better visualization, and the ability to handle variability, variety, and volume at higher speeds, thus, generating increased value.

  • The workforce is a company’s greatest asset as productivity depends entirely on the well-being of its workforce. Hence, the safety of the workplace, which deals with the prevention of any injury or incident, becomes critical. The industrial automation offers a safe environment to the workers driving the growth for ASRS market.
  • The industries are focusing on gaining a higher cost realization by achieving higher efficiency and cost reduction in the overall operation. Labor wage is one of the large chunks of expense for any manufacturer. Hence, by adopting an automated storage and retrieval System, manufacturers gain efficient and cost-effective material handling solutions.
  • The growing the e-commerce retail industry across the globe is giving rise to the installation of warehouses and its management in the multiple regions for better and optimized logistics. The need for frequent, safe, and fast handling of packages in this sector is also fueling the growth for ASRS market globally.
  • However, due to the lack of a skilled workforce and the concern of replacing manual labor is restricting the market growth to an extent; especially in the developing countries like India and China where the cheap workforce is available.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the study for automated storage and retrieval systems maket is limited to the hardware product systems offered by various vendors for their applications in a wide range of end-user vertical globally. The after sales services and maintenance are not considered for market estimation.

By Product Type
Fixed Aisle System
Vertical Lift Modules
By End-user Vertical
Food And Beverages
General Manufacturing
Post & Parcel
Other End-user Verticals
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Latin America
Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Retail Segment to Grow Significantly

  • The retail industry has undergone drastic changes, with a significant number of countries witnessing a considerable growth rate. The competition faced by companies has made the industries improve their processes and become more efficient to cater to the customers’ needs.
  • The purchasing pattern is shifting toward online shopping. Faster delivery channels and the strategic locations of distribution centers and warehouses are now necessities rather than an option. Given the trend of e-commerce, globally, the demand for ASRS is expected to increase in the retail industry during the forecast period.
  • The growing retail industry across the globe is giving rise to the installation of warehouses and its management in the multiple regions. For instance, Costco Wholesale Corporation has been installing its warehouses every year with consistent growth of 3-5%.
  • Increased real estate cost around the existing facilities acts as a stimulus for the sectors to opt for these systems, as ASRS offers additional benefits, like optimum space utilization and increased control over inventory.
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Asia-Pacific to Witness the Fastest Growth

  • Depending upon the wage rate, productivity, and economy status, the demand for automated storage systems in different countries in Asia-Pacific is quite diverse. The increasing technological advancements have enabled the integration of ASRS without affecting the current operation, which is stressed with the rising demand from the e-commerce industry.
  • Approximately 400 million people out of 632 million of the population with internet access participated in online shopping. E-commerce is expected to reach USD 1 trillion by the end of 2019. Grocery purchase is a new, emerging trend in online shopping.
  • Many automotive companies are expanding their production plants in the region. For instance, Hyundai has planned to open a new factory in Indonesia for electric cars. Also, Tesla has acquired land in Shanghai, China, in 2018 for developing its new electric car factory. The new automotive plants will drive the demand for ASRS solutions in the region.
  • In China, automation is occurring at a rapid rate, despite the wage rate being lower (as compared to the European nations and North America, since there has been an increase in wage rate for the past decade) and is expected to continue for the next decade.
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Competitive Landscape

As the new entrant needs a high capital cost for the setup and good understanding of the industries, the barrier to entry is high. Hence, the market for Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is consolidated with the presence of major players like Daifuku and Murata Machinery. The existing players are also adopting merger and acquisition strategies to gain more market share.

  • April 2019 - Daifuku Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of India-based Vega Conveyors & Automation Private Limited.  Vega is involved in the consulting, design, manufacture, installation and after-sales service of conveyors and other material handling equipment within its domestic Indian market.
  • October 2018 - Murata Machinery acquired all issues shares of the Horibe Machinery Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of machine tools. Horibe Machinery and its subsidiaries are now 100% owned subsidiaries of Muratec. With this acquisition, Muratec and Horibe Machinery can strengthen its core competencies, thereby becoming able to provide unique production systems that can fulfill the needs of its customers for further enhancement of productivity.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increased Emphasis on Workplace Safety

      2. 4.2.2 Growth of E-commerce in Developing Countries

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Need for Skilled Workforce and Concerns Over Replacement of Manual Labor

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fixed Aisle System

      2. 5.1.2 Vertical Lift Modules

      3. 5.1.3 Carousel

    2. 5.2 By End-user Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Airport

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Food And Beverages

      4. 5.2.4 General Manufacturing

      5. 5.2.5 Post & Parcel

      6. 5.2.6 Retail

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Verticals

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. Australia

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Daifuku Co. Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 Schaefer Holding International Gmbh

      3. 6.1.3 Dematic (Kion Group AG)

      4. 6.1.4 Murata Machinery Ltd

      5. 6.1.5 Mecalux SA

      6. 6.1.6 Honeywell Intelligrated, Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Swisslog Holding AG

      8. 6.1.8 Knapp AG

      9. 6.1.9 Kardex Remstar, Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Bastian Solutions, Inc.

      11. 6.1.11 Viastore Systems Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The ASRS Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The ASRS Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.95% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Daifuku Co. Ltd, Schaefer Holding International Gmbh, Dematic (Kion Group AG), Murata Machinery Ltd, Mecalux SA are the major companies operating in ASRS Market.

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