Chinese delivery firm is moving to embrace automation.
Orange robots at the company’s sorting stations are able to identify the destination of a package through a code-scan, virtually eliminating sorting mistakes.
Shentong’s army of robots can sort up to 200,000 packages a day, and are self-charging, meaning they are operational 24/7.
The company estimates its robotic sorting system is saving around 70-percent of the costs a human-based sorting line would require.
Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day
The machines are cheaper than human workers and are also more efficient and accurate in sorting out parcels, spokesman says
A viral video showing an army of little orange robots sorting out packages in a warehouse in eastern China is the latest example of how machines are increasingly taking over menial factory work on the mainland.
The behind-the-scenes footage of the self-charging robot army in a sorting centre of Chinese delivery powerhouse Shentong (STO) Express was shared on People’s Daily’s social media accounts on Sunday.
The video showed dozens of round orange Hikvision robots – each the size of a seat cushion – swivelling across the floor of the large warehouse in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.