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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption


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Kindred's robotic SORT system.

Gap Inc. is increasing its use of warehouse robots.

Credit: Nathan Frandino/Reuters

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more online orders and fewer staff to fulfill them due to social distancing rules.

The U.S. apparel chain had reached a deal to more than triple its number of warehouse robots to 106 by the fall, but it called on Kindred AI to deliver the robots earlier.

Kindred has deployed 10 of the eight-foot-tall robotic stations — each of which can handle the work of four people — to Gap’s warehouse near Nashville, TN and another 20 near Columbus, OH.  Kindred will deliver the final robots to four of Gap's five U.S. facilities by July.

Gap and Kindred said the robots are meant to complement, not replace, human workers.

From Reuters
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