The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and millions of consumers worldwide sit anxiously by their front door waiting for packages to arrive so they can wrap them to give as gifts. Today, shipping occurs faster than ever – many sites offer expedited shipping if customers purchase items whose subtotal exceeds a certain amount. But how do these companies effectively manage their inventory as consumers continue to make purchases by the second?
Amazon, the largest internet based United States company, excels in the e-commerce space using crab-like robots that have the ability to shift entire shelves. These robots give inventory managers easy access to determine what is still in stock. However, the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, a company based in Munich, Germany, has created a drone that most resembles a mobile antenna to further improve efficiency. The antenna-like device has the ability to navigate the warehouse to read barcodes and give inventory managers an accurate reading of the items in stock.
The German engineered robots, called InventAIRy, have been designed in such a way that they are able to develop and process a map of their warehouse. As a result, warehouse operators will not have to invest in GPS sensors to guide the drones.
With InventAIRy drones flying around warehouses, it won’t be hard for managers to keep up with packages flying off the shelves and into the homes of consumers worldwide this holiday season and beyond.