Warehouse Robotics Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Warehouse Robotics Market is segmented by Type (Mobile, Articulated, and Gantry), Function (Storage, Packaging, and Trans-Shipment), End-user Industry (Automotive, Food and Beverage, and Retail), and Region.

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Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The warehouse robotics market is expected to register a CAGR of over 27.1% during the forecast period 2019 - 2024. The advent of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on the global industrial landscape and the emergence of connected systems are helping industries perform various tasks, such as material batching, picking, ordering, packaging, warehouse security and inspection, and helping improve the operational efficiency by exponential margins.

  • An increasing number of SKUs (stock keeping units) is quite natural in the industry, predominantly in the retail sector, as there is a constant introduction of new products on a regular basis. The luxury of customization and the increasing number of consumer choices through the e-commerce platform have pushed the demand for an expanded inventory, with a host of options and styles available at the disposable of the e-commerce retailers for dispatch on request.
  • The presence of a vast number of SKUs is crucial to meet the delivery demands of an immensely large consumer base. Research indicates that more than 50% of the businesses are looking forward to integrate an increasingly high number of inventory SKUs over the forecast period, to meet the long tail demands of the consumers by strategically expanding their range of product offering.
  • Robots represent a convergence of many advanced technologies, such as sensors for object location or navigation and algorithms. The development of robots requires time and money. The robots are priced relatively high as the cost of implementation and installing these robots is high. Encountering the increasing costs of inventory management has evolved as an increasingly challenging task as it assists the rising penetration of robotics in the industry.
  • The present stage of evolution in the robotics segment has been dependent on the technology for improving functionality, to cater to the customized range of requirements in the industry. Even though robots are programmed for high accuracy and operational efficiency, they may not be capable of adapting to the varying processes and environments.


  • In such circumstances, the robot will pose an error status and stop proceeding with the assigned task. Such an organized flow of operations is maintained through the consistent support of the manual workforce. However, this has been challenged, as considerable expertise in robot programming and implementation is required to program the robots according to the task they need to perform. Frequent software and program updates can be required for maximum performance and efficiency.

Scope of the Report

Warehouse robotics refers to the deployment of robotics in warehouses to perform functions, such as pick-place, packaging, transportation, packaging, and palletizing. The integration of warehouse and robotics technology has helped ensure that there is accuracy and automation while increasing the warehouse storage space and operation efficiency. 

By Type
Automated Storage and Retrieval System
By End-user Industry
Food and Beverage
Electrical and Electronics
Other End-user Industries
By Function
Other Functions
North America
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is Expected to Register a Significant Growth

Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) have the ability to sort, sequence, buffer, and store a wide range of goods into virtually unlimited destinations. Their common applications include goods to a person picking, dynamic replenishment, sequence buffering, order fulfillment, work in process storage, and finished goods storage.

ASRS is a significant component of warehouse automation systems in the fulfillment and distribution centers, providing highly efficient, accurate, and high-throughput inventory management capabilities. They can be configured to be completely redundant, spreading inventory across multiple aisles, and thus reducing the dependency on the ability of any single ASRS system to handle a task.

Benefits of ASRS include - increased safety at work, round the clock operations, and real-time information of material movement. Other technological advancements include - interconnected devices, IoT, touch display, voice-activated devices, sensors, scanners, RFIDs, etc. These advancements are expected to gain traction with other new technologies, such as VR/AR, 3D printing and scanning, and robotic arms capable of handling different product sizes/dimensions.

Furthermore, automated pallet warehouses maximize throughput and optimize energy use as pallets are heavy and energy-intensive to store and retrieve. Pallet warehouses need solutions that maximize throughput and storage density while reducing energy consumption and keeping costs low, hence driving the demand for ASRS as it increases efficiency and quality in warehousing.


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North America Holds Major Share

In recent years, forecasts regarding long-term labor shortages across the United States, coupled with the continued pressure on supply chains to deliver orders faster and more accurately, have prompted operations executives to evaluate the aforementioned problems as they look for answers to staffing challenges. The strong economy, with notable port traffic, increased e-commerce activity, and key manufacturing indices resulting in manufacturing growth, are poised to drive the demand for warehouses in the country.

US-based third-party logistics company DHL increased its warehouses from 417 in 2016 to 673 in 2017. The trend was followed by other companies, such as XPO Logistics and CEVA Logistics, respectively. Additionally, DHL Supply Chain has deployed Collaborative Robots or Cobots in its warehouses that can perform repetitive tasks requiring movements that could injure a human worker.

According to CBRE, the available amount of warehouse and distribution space in the United States hit a 16-year low after a second-quarter (2017) decline in the availability rate, which was triggered in a large part by the healthy economy and a slowdown in construction. Thus, the growth in warehouse robotics in the country is expected to be driven by the upgradation of the existing warehouses, rather than being deployed in new ones in the near future.


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Competitive Landscape

The warehouse robotics market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. These major players with a prominent share in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies are leveraging on strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. The companies operating in the market are also acquiring start-ups working on warehouse robotics technologies to strengthen their product capabilities. In November 2017, Yaskawa expanded its presence in Europe and built its first European robot factory in Slovenia. With this particular expansion, the company is consistently implementing its strategy to offer premium customer service. The expansion investments cost GBP 25 million. 

Major Players

  1. ABB Limited
  2. Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd
  3. Fanuc Corporation
  4. Honeywell International Inc.
  5. Toshiba Corporation

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

Warehouse Robotics Market

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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 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Number of SKUs

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Investments in Technology and Robotics

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Stringent Regulatory Requirements

      2. 4.4.2 Relative Lack of Awareness and Customization Concerns

    5. 4.5 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Mobile

      2. 5.1.2 Articulated

      3. 5.1.3 Gantry

      4. 5.1.4 Automated Storage and Retrieval System

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Food and Beverage

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Retail

      4. 5.2.4 Electrical and Electronics

      5. 5.2.5 Pharmaceutical

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 By Function

      1. 5.3.1 Storage

      2. 5.3.2 Packaging

      3. 5.3.3 Trans-shipments

      4. 5.3.4 Other Functions

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. UK

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. UAE

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 ABB Limited

      2. 6.1.2 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

      3. 6.1.3 Fanuc Corporation

      4. 6.1.4 Honeywell International Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Toshiba Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Kiva Systems (Amazon Robotics LLC)

      7. 6.1.7 Yamaha Motor Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Omron Adept Technologies

      9. 6.1.9 Kawasaki Robotics Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Yaskawa Electric Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 R A Rodriguez (UK) Ltd

      12. 6.1.12 Daifuku Co. Ltd

      13. 6.1.13 JBT Corporation

      14. 6.1.14 Robert Bosch GmbH

      15. 6.1.15 Kuka AG

      16. 6.1.16 Knapp AG

      17. 6.1.17 Magazino GmbH

      18. 6.1.18 SSI Schaefer AG

      19. 6.1.19 System Logistics

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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