Distributors and manufacturers are always looking for methods to cut down on warehousing costs, but few have probably considered using robots to scurry down warehouse aisles, bringing products to workers. Amazon.com, Seattle, recently placed a big bet that robots can do exactly that. The company’s March 19 announcement that it purchased Kiva Systems Inc., North Reading, Mass., a provider of robotic material handling technology, for $775 million, is another sign that it’s spending major ...
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