Japanese companies are using robots and artificial intelligence to confront a severe labor shortage in logistics.
Toiletries maker Kao deployed robots at its warehouse in central Japan in April to sort and load about 900 types of products. It says the facility can now handle 1.5 times more items using the AI-equipped machines.
A Kao official said that there is still room to improve the stability of work robots do. He said if the company can achieve this, it will be able to ship more products stably and safely.
He added that the firm intends for the plant’s system to help Kao optimize its supply chain nationwide.
Leading property developer Mitsubishi Estate is also introducing automation. It’s planning to build a logistics facility that directly connects to an expressway interchange in Kyoto Prefecture to accept driverless trucks.
Source : NHK