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10IPT: Kiva Robots, Part 2

posted Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM by Eddie Woo
You might think that a system all about robots would have nothing to do with people or social impact - but that thinking is exactly backwards! Today we'll be continuing to look at Kiva's fantastic little automatons, this time focusing on the effect they have had on people working in the warehouses. 
  1. Watch Robotic Distribution and explain the social impact of introducing these robots into the workflow of a typical packing warehouse. 
  2. Identify the system conversion method employed by Zappos, and outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach in this particular situation. 
  3. Read the articles Three Engineers, Hundreds of Robots, One Warehouse and Amazon Acquires Kiva Systems in Second-Biggest Takeover. Hence discuss the incorporation of technology, particularly focusing on communications systems, into the warehouse packing industry.