Logistics Automation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Logistics Automation Market is segmented by Component (Hardware, Software, Services), End-user Industry (Food and Beverage, Post and Parcel, Groceries, General Merchandise, Apparel, Manufacturing), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

 Logistics Automation Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 12.42 %

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Market Overview

The logistics automation market was valued at USD 52.19 billion in 2020 and is expected to be USD 104.23 billion in 2026, registering a CAGR of 12.42% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the advent of a network of connected systems are helping industries perform a multitude of tasks, such as material batching, picking, ordering, packaging, warehouse security, and inspection. This factor helps improve operational efficiency by huge margins, which, in turn, drives the market.

  • The growth in the e-commerce industry worldwide and the growing need for efficient warehousing and inventory management drive market growth. According to a Salesforce report, more than 500 million consumers across the world shopped using e-commerce in the first quarter of 2018. Of the overall orders through e-commerce, mobile shopping accounted for 43% of orders, accounting for 23% of the revenue from e-commerce.
  • Automation in warehousing offers extreme convenience when it comes to cutting down the overall business costs and reducing errors in product deliveries. According to DHL, a prominent 3PL company and a significant end-user of warehouse automation solutions, despite the advantages, 80% of warehouses are “still manually operated with no supporting automation.” Furthermore, warehouses that use conveyors, sorters, and pick and place solutions, among other equipment (not necessarily automated), account for 15% of the total warehouses. In contrast, only 5% of the current warehouses are automated.
  • Also, according to the Bank of America, by 2025, 45% of all manufacturing will be performed by robotic technology. Following this trend, large firms, such as Raymond Limited (an Indian textile major) and Foxconn Technology (a China-based supplier for large technology manufacturers, like Samsung) have replaced (or plan to replace) 10,000 and 60,000 workers, respectively, by incorporating automated technology into their factories. These factors have had a direct impact on the increasing adoption of warehouse robotics. The rising number of warehouses and increasing investments in warehouse automation, coupled with the global rise in labor costs and availability of scalable technological solutions, have been driving the market for warehouse robots across the world.
  • Further, the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the advent of a network of connected systems are helping industries perform a multitude of tasks, such as material batching, picking, ordering, packaging, warehouse security and inspection, and helping improve the operational efficiency by huge margins. The use of IoT technologies allows warehouses for real-time data transfer, flexible communication, and Big Data analytics. These, along with the cloud-based solution, enable automated, sophisticated, and agent-based control.
  • Additionally, amidst the COVID-19 situation, the warehouse and e-commerce market has been experiencing a crippling effect on the business operations owing to the major challenges posed by disruptions in the supply chain management and lack of workers. However, leveraging the automated systems, companies are expecting to revamp their operations. This instance is expected to drive the growth of the market going forward.

Scope of the Report

Automation in logistics refers to the use of control systems, machinery, and software to enhance operations efficiency. It usually applies to the processes that must be performed in a warehouse or distribution center, which requires minimal human intervention. Some of the benefits of automation logistics are improved customer service, scalability and speed, organizational control, and reduced mistakes.

Component
Hardware
Mobile Robots (AGV, AMR)
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
Automated Sorting Systems
De-palletizing/Palletizing Systems
Conveyor Systems
Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC)
Order Picking
Software (Warehouse Management Systems(WMS), Warehouse Execution Systems (WES))``
Services (Value Added Services, Maintenance, etc.)
End-user Industry
Food and Beverage (Including Manufacturing Facilities and Distribution Centers)
Post and Parcel
Groceries
General Merchandise
Apparel
Manufacturing
Other End-user Industries
Geography
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Warehouse Management to Occupy Major Share

  • Warehouse operations contribute to a majority of resource consumption. As various companies demand new solutions to improve warehouses' efficiency and reduce cost, the deployment of warehouse robots is set to increase. For instance, Alibaba, the world's largest retailer, has upgraded to robotic labor in one of its warehouses. This has resulted in drastically reducing the labor workforce by 70% by creating an opportunity for a highly-skilled workforce.
  • Mobile robots are witnessing high growth in small and medium warehouses with smaller pallet sizes. In contrast, the industrial applications in large warehouses dedicated to food and beverage demand articulated and palletizing robots. According to a survey from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, 94% of food packaging operations are using robotics already. Half of them reported the plan to increase their level of automation in the next three to five years.
  • The growth in overall automation levels allows processing and packaging plants to introduce new products on the same assembly lines. Moreover, one out of five packaging and processing plants already deal with more than 100 product types, with a majority expecting this number to increase in the next few years. These goals have further resulted in the warehouses equaling the developments in manufacturing segments and making logistics seamless. It results in removing or mitigating any risk that can lead to creating a bottleneck situation.
 Logistics Automation Market Key Players

Europe to Witness Significant Market Growth

  • The industrial automation in Europe has been witnessing a growth in the rate of adoption since the last decade, with companies and industries spending heavily on new technologies. Europe is currently leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution (dubbed as 4IR), with various industry verticals investing in automation, IoT, and machine learning systems to optimize performance. The growth in the rate of adoption of warehouse automation in this region is mainly fueled by the rapid growth of e-commerce and retail investments.
  • There has been an increasing trend in the number of warehouses across various regions. According to P3 Logistic Parks, a European manager, and developer of logistics properties, regions like Poland showed higher growth of warehousing stock. Poland added 17% of its capacity last year alone (2018). Companies like P3 and Logicor also pushed their expansions at an incredible rate. Furthermore, investments from Asia and the United States were evident, prompting the region's potential market.
  • The manufacturing sector is expected to account for a significant market share and be one of the key contributors in the region, with the industry's investments growing massively. While the United States remains a significant market, companies are focusing on the European market to gain an edge in the global market, thus investing heavily to develop the technology.
 Logistics Automation Market  Growth  by Region

Competitive Landscape

The logistics automation market is highly fragmented, owing to the presence of a large number of players. The degree of competition is high, considering the number of companies that are competing. Acquisitions, as well as the collaboration of large companies with startups, are expected, bring innovation. Merging technology domains' boundaries are expected to witness the evolution of the partnership between different tech enablers in the automation industry. Some of the major players in the market are Honeywell Intelligrated and Knapp AG. Some of the key recent developments in the market are:

  • September 2020 - Dematic announced plans to automate the central storage facility for RS Components GmbH in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. Dematic will install a 10-aisle Dematic Multishuttle system with 300,000 container storage positions for the electronics distributor. There will be 300 shuttles to automatically access the containers and transport them directly to the goods-to-person (GTP) commissioning station, to dispatch or to inventory storage, where they are repacked in order to prepare them for dispatch. The goal for RS Components is to increase its picking capacity to up to 38,000 order lines per day through automation. The plan is for the highly modern logistics center to become operational in the second quarter of 2021.
  • September 2020 - KUKA AG launched the KR SCARA horizontal jointed-arm robots from KUKA are ultra-compact and, at the same time, deliver maximum cost-effectiveness. The robot has a reach of 500 or 700 millimeters, an extremely short cycle time of just 0.36 or 0.38 seconds, and the KR SCARA robots are ideal for pushing ahead with automation in cost-sensitive markets.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Warehouse Investment Scenario

    5. 4.5 Impact of Macro-economic Factors on the Warehouse Automation Market

    6. 4.6 Market Drivers

      1. 4.6.1 Exponential Growth of the E-commerce Industry and Rising Customer Expectation

      2. 4.6.2 Increasing Manufacturing Complexity and Technology Availability

    7. 4.7 Market Challenges

      1. 4.7.1 High Capital Investment and Flexibility

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Component

      1. 5.1.1 Hardware

        1. 5.1.1.1 Mobile Robots (AGV, AMR)

        2. 5.1.1.2 Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)

        3. 5.1.1.3 Automated Sorting Systems

        4. 5.1.1.4 De-palletizing/Palletizing Systems

        5. 5.1.1.5 Conveyor Systems

        6. 5.1.1.6 Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC)

        7. 5.1.1.7 Order Picking

      2. 5.1.2 Software (Warehouse Management Systems(WMS), Warehouse Execution Systems (WES))``

      3. 5.1.3 Services (Value Added Services, Maintenance, etc.)

    2. 5.2 Global Transportation Management Market Scenario

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Food and Beverage (Including Manufacturing Facilities and Distribution Centers)

      2. 5.3.2 Post and Parcel

      3. 5.3.3 Groceries

      4. 5.3.4 General Merchandise

      5. 5.3.5 Apparel

      6. 5.3.6 Manufacturing

      7. 5.3.7 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Dematic Group (Kion Group AG)

      2. 6.1.2 Daifuku Co. Limited

      3. 6.1.3 Swisslog Holding AG (KUKA AG)

      4. 6.1.4 Honeywell Intelligrated (Honeywell International Inc.)

      5. 6.1.5 Jungheinrich AG

      6. 6.1.6 Murata Machinery Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Knapp AG

      8. 6.1.8 TGW Logistics Group GmbH

      9. 6.1.9 Kardex Group

      10. 6.1.10 Mecalux SA

      11. 6.1.11 BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG

      12. 6.1.12 SSI Schaefer AG

      13. 6.1.13 Vanderlande Industries BV

      14. 6.1.14 WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH

      15. 6.1.15 Oracle Corporation

      16. 6.1.16 One Network Enterprises Inc.

      17. 6.1.17 SAP SE

      18. 6.1.18 MercuryGate International Inc.

      19. 6.1.19 Princeton TMX

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. VENDOR MARKET SHARE ANALYSIS – WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION

  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Logistics Automation Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Logistics Automation Market is growing at a CAGR of 12.42% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Honeywell Intelligrated, Knapp AG, Beumer Group, TGW Logistics Group GmbH, Murata Machinery Ltd are the major companies operating in Logistics Automation Market.

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