A team of robots fulfills an order in 1 hour

ZDNet | April 05, 2019

Want orders in an hour? That will soon be a reality in more markets thanks to robots. Automation had made large-scale, ultra-fast order fulfillment economically viable, but the physical remoteness of typical logistics facilities has prevented retailers from offering true on-demand delivery outside a few metropolitan markets. But by harnessing networks of tiny automated hubs, micro-fulfillment could enable retailers to store their goods in the hearts of cities while still benefiting from the efficiency of automation.
CommonSense Robotics, a company that's leveraging logistics automation with nimble deployments of micro-fulfillment centers, is betting big on the micro-fulfillment approach, and the company just passed an important milestone: Its first 1-hour fulfillment delivery.

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The United States has one of the largest construction markets in the world, with over $1,162 billion worth of new construction put into place in 2016 alone. Though spending fluctuates naturally from one season to the next, it seems that this industry can expect steady overall growth in the years to come. Much of this is due to the construction industry’s innovative approach to its products.

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The United States has one of the largest construction markets in the world, with over $1,162 billion worth of new construction put into place in 2016 alone. Though spending fluctuates naturally from one season to the next, it seems that this industry can expect steady overall growth in the years to come. Much of this is due to the construction industry’s innovative approach to its products.

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