Covid 19: Amid COVID-19 crisis Gap deploys Robotics in its warehouses
29 May 2020: Gap, the US apparel brand has deployed several Robotics to expedite turn around of online orders which limits human contacts. According to wide spread media reports, due to COVID-19 pandemic, GAP’s warehouses witness more online orders while at the same time there are few staff to handle the orders. Each robotics handles work typically performed by four people. Companies including Gap have long used robotics for a range of work. A robotic arm can pick each unit through suction and a physical grip, scans its bar code and places it in a bin in an adjacent cubby. Once all the items in a customer’s order are in, a worker puts the bin on a conveyer for packing and delivery.
RightHand Robotics has helped its customers manage more online orders through greater use of its picking machines that had been deployed at several of the chain’s facilities. Kindred is one of several startups selling artificially intelligent robots that aim to grasp almost any item quickly and without breakage. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. retail workers perform this task. Retailers can use robots to pick narrower sets of products.