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

North America Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Market is segmented by Product Type (Fixed Aisle (Stacker Cranes and Shuttle Systems), Vertical Lift Modules (VLM), Carousel (Horizontal and Vertical)), End-User Industry (Airports, Automotive, Food and Beverage, General Manufacturing, Retail, Other End Users), and Country.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 9.01 %

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Market Overview

The North America Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) market was valued at USD 3809.9 million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 5864.6 million by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.01% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. Growing competition from the nations in Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific has forced the industries to automate their storage and for the retrieval activities in their processes. The need for the supply chain to be equally efficient has made third party logistics, warehouses, and distribution centers to be automated. The rapid growth of e-commerce is driving the demand for automated warehouses in the region and steadily increasing labor costs is another contributing factor.

  • North America is one of the largest markets for automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) in the world, led by the United States. The region’s manufacturing sector, which is a huge source of demand for the ASRS solutions, hinges on the dominant US economy, which accounts for 82% of the region’s economic output.
  • The country also has a high trading profile, especially with neighboring countries like Canada and Mexico. In fact, the United States is by far the largest trading partner for both Mexico and Canada, accounting for almost 80% of each country’s exports annually. Owing to such high import and export activities in the country, coupled with the highly active e-commerce sector, the need for warehouse space in the country has grown over the past few years.
  • Other prominent factors, such as steady growth in wages paid to workers in the country, have made warehouse operators look forward to the alternate solutions for warehouse management and are expected to drive the demand for automation in several end-user industries that are highly dependent on the workforce, such as manufacturing and retail, among others.
  • Furthermore, the United States, over the forecast period, is expected to witness strong growth in a number of domestic robotic solutions, owing to the Trump’s government policies that aim at increasing domestic production rather than importing finished goods.

Scope of the Report

North America region is one of the largest markets for automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) in the world which is led by the United States. The market is reaching consolidation state owing to the presence of only a few major players and is segmented by product type and end-user industries. The report provides vendor profiles operating in the market along with the market share of each end-user industry and product type. 

By Product Type
Fixed Aisle (Stacker Cranes and Shuttle Systems)
Vertical Lift Modules (VLM)
Carousel (Horizontal and Vertical)
By End-User Industries
Food and beverage
General manufacturing
Other end-users
United States

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Key Market Trends

The Growing Retail Industry in the Region is Expected to Augment the Demand

  • North America’s retail market is one of the largest in the world. The country has a high presence of omnichannel vendors that stand to be one of the largest consumers of material handling solutions, such as ASRS. The demand for ASRS is especially high from the e-commerce establishments that require high throughput operations in their fulfillment centers.
  • The United States stands to be one of the major retail markets in the region. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the country’s GDP is generated from retail consumption every year. In case of the country’s e-commerce sector, the sales growth continues to increase more than the physical stores. With automation being the key differentiating factor, there is an increasing competition between online and omnichannel retailers.
  • Total retail sales in the United States reached USD 5.35 trillion in 2018, indicating a 5.52% growth from USD 5.07 trillion in 2017. According to the US Commerce Department, in 2018, e-commerce alone represented 14.3% of the total retail sales.
  • A high number of online shoppers and extreme internet penetration in the region are expected to be the primary driving factors of the retail industry in the country. Internet penetration in the region was the highest in the world and stood at 89.4%. 

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US Holds Prominent Share of the Market

  • The US is home to 14,712 airports and Currently, the largest airport in the United States is the Denver International Airport and sees over 31,000,000 passengers every year. The number of storage retrieval systems used in airports in the country holds a significant global share. 
  • Automotive industry production growth is another significant contributing factor in the country for the growth in demand for ASRS. According to OICA, during fiscal 2018, 17.44 million units were produced in the North America region and over 11 million units were produced in the US alone. Automation in the manufacturing process of the industry is increasing in the country. 
  • Furthermore, the United States, over the forecast period, is expected to witness strong growth in a number of domestic robotic solutions, owing to the Trump’s government policies that aim at increasing domestic production rather than importing finished goods.
  • According to RIA estimates, approximately 250,000 robots are now in use in the United States, accounting for the third-highest in the world, just behind Japan and China. With the increase in locally produced robots in the next four years, the manufacturing sector of the country is expected to create a considerable demand for material handling solutions – including ASRS - in the country.

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Competitive Landscape

The North American automated storage and retrieval system market is consolidated and covered by few major players. Vendors provide deep product portfolio catering to the customers needs in the region. Key players include Daifuku Co. Ltd, Schaefer Holding International Gmbh, Dematic Group - KION Group AG, Murata Machinery Ltd, Mecalux SA,  etc. Recent developments in the market are - 

  • APR 2019 - Daifuku announced that it has completed the acquisition of Vega Conveyors & Automation Private Limited, a prominent material handling vendor based in India. The acquisition is expected to strengthen the company’s localization strategy and benefit from the growing demand for automation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Key Study Deliverables

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Rapid Growth of E-commerce, Leading to Warehouse Automation

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Concerns about Labor Costs

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 High Cost Involved In Installation of Infrastructure

    5. 4.5 Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.6.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fixed Aisle (Stacker Cranes and Shuttle Systems)

      2. 5.1.2 Vertical Lift Modules (VLM)

      3. 5.1.3 Carousel (Horizontal and Vertical)

    2. 5.2 By End-User Industries

      1. 5.2.1 Airports

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Food and beverage

      4. 5.2.4 General manufacturing

      5. 5.2.5 Retail

      6. 5.2.6 Other end-users

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada


    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 Group (KION Group AG)

      4. 6.1.4 Murata Machinery Ltd

      5. 6.1.5 Mecalux SA

      6. 6.1.6 Honeywell Intelligrated

      7. 6.1.7 Swisslog AG

      8. 6.1.8 Knapp AG

      9. 6.1.9 Kardex Remster

      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 NA ASRS Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The NA ASRS Market is growing at a CAGR of 9.01% over the next 5 years.

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

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