The use of robotics in retail has gradually expanded from being predominantly used in logistics and supply chains to being used in-store to help converge online and offline retail.

Robotics is also increasingly being used in the delivery process to expedite fulfilment and enable shorter delivery times for customers. As with warehouse automation, many global retailers and businesses, including Amazon and Alibaba, are using autonomous vehicles and drones to help streamline fulfilment processes and mitigate the high costs of last-mile delivery. Driverless robots used for deliveries gained particular popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leading apparel companies in robotics

High-growth industry leaders have streamlined their logistics and supply chain networks by incorporating robotics into their processes. While requiring upfront investment, robotics in warehouses significantly reduces operating expenses and drives efficiency and accuracy. Companies that do not invest in robotics and automation limit their growth opportunities.

Managing store inventory is a major problem for many retailers, with inaccurate tracking leading to lost revenue. Robots can solve this problem through constant stock-taking and shelf audits, identifying stock shortages. As robotics becomes more technologically advanced and artificial intelligence (AI) develops, the level of accuracy in tasks undertaken by robots will consistently grow and create new efficiencies for retailers and apparel manufacturers.

Leading adopters of robotics in retail and apparel are Amazon, Alibaba, Co-op, H&M, IKEA, JD.com, Kroger, Lowe’s, NIKE, Ocado, and Walmart.

Discover the leading robotics companies in the apparel industry

Using its experience in the sector, Just Style has listed some of the leading companies providing products and services related to robotics. 

The information provided in the download document is drafted for apparel industry executives and technology leaders involved in robotic solutions. 

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Amongst the leading vendors of robotics in the apparel industry are Grabit, GreyOrange, Cleveron, Ocado, Mujin, and Kindred.

Opportunities for robotics in the apparel industry

Robotics can help address the various challenges retailers and apparel manufacturers face, such as the need to profile customers, achieve greater personalisation, understand market trends, and improve operational efficiency. Logistics robots, industrial co-bots, and inspection cleaning, and maintenance robots should receive the most investment from companies across the retail and apparel value chain.

Robotic intelligence and cloud robotics will be lucrative investment areas for several retail and apparel value chain segments.