Monday, June 30, 2008
Zappos gets Kiva Systems drive units
Zappos picked up the Kiva System Drive Units. Zappos already had an incredibly low order to fulfilment cycle. Now with these robots that productivity will increase even faster. The real benefit I see is not only in productivity but also in enabling disabled workers a chance to be employed as the robots do the hard stuff. The article I've linked to also makes an interesting observation. Robots may make it so that people here in the USA can be hired to do these jobs instead of the whole operation shipped overseas. If so that would be remarkable.