As Reuters reports, Amazon has been experimenting with a new type of automated packaging robot that can 3D scan the goods included in an order as they travel down a conveyor belt. Those goods are then placed in a custom-size box the robot creates that's perfectly sized to fit. Each robot packer can handle up to 700 orders per hour, and as per calculations one robot at a warehouse means 24 human roles are no longer required. If the same robot was rolled out to each of Amazon's US facilities, that would be 1,300 roles removed. Each robot packer costs $1 million plus running expenses, which sounds like a lot and the savings come from employing fewer people.
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