Shenzhen, China, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dorabot, a leading provider of robotic solutions for logistics, announced the launch of DoraSorter – an AI-powered smart sorting robot – in collaboration with FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the largest express transportation companies in the world. The sorting robot represents FedEx Express’ latest step in digitizing its operations and building an intelligent logistics network to handle the ever-increasing volumes of e-commerce related shipments in the region.
The first of its kind in China for FedEx, the DoraSorter robot is being deployed in 5,200m2 FedEx South China E-Commerce Shipment Sorting Center at Canton. DoraSorter is already part of day-to-day sorting operations and is able to process small inbound and outbound parcels from e-commerce customers in south china. As the FedEx and Dorabot teams continue to refine the robot based on operational requirements and explore more application scenarios, DoraSorter’s core function of sorting packages by destination is the operating process of the sorting center. Key features of DoraSorter include:
- Around 40m2, the robot can transport up to 10 kilograms of packages, covering up to 100 destinations simultaneously.
- The robot has a special drawer-shaped gripper that can seamlessly connect with the conveyor belt.
- Equipped with a barcode reader that scans the packages To obtain destination information, the robot uses its gripper to receive a package inward from the conveyor belt and moves it outward to the corresponding destination slot.
FedEx’s investment in this warehouse automation echoes broader industry trends. Triggered by the global pandemic, logistics players are optimizing operational efficiencies, from warehouse management to last-mile delivery, to meet growing demand for e-commerce products, seasonal peaks and increased consumer expectations for fast delivery. According to McKinsey & Company, the global warehouse automation market is expected to reach $51 billion by 2030. By 2025, more than 4 million trading robots will be installed in more than 50,000 warehouses.
“With e-commerce taking center stage in the future of retail in our region, the speed with which a package can be picked up and delivered to customers’ doorsteps has become a dominant factor in the adoption of sorting robots. Bring DoraSorter to China as a pilot program is a natural fit for us given that it is the largest e-commerce marketplace in the world with an expected valuation of $3.3 trillion by 2025, ” noted Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) at FedEx Express. “As we seek to build an intelligent, data-driven logistics network to help our customers thrive in the digital economy, this alliance with Dorabot is part of our drive to become the network of the future. AI will continue to change the way we support customers in the region and improve supply chains for the future.”
“Innovation is at the heart of our concerns and constitutes a major factor in FedEx’s strategy in China,” noted Robert Chu, Vice President, Operations, FedEx China. “To meet changing customer needs, we have explored and invested in new technologies to improve every key aspect of transportation. The rapid rise of e-commerce has led to increased customer demand for speed and flexibility in logistics services, creating new challenges and opportunities for the entire logistics industry. Our collaboration with Dorabot is our latest effort to improve operational efficiency and build an agile logistics infrastructure through robotic technology that will support the growth of China e-commerce industry.”
“Using DoraSorter helps FedEx sort a higher volume of cross-border e-commerce shipments,” said Xiaobai Deng, founder and CEO of Dorabot. “This is the start of a global collaboration between Dorabot and FedEx. We hope we can work together to bring AI and robotics applications to more businesses and consumers.”
FedEx continues to leverage advanced technologies to streamline operations and help customers of all sizes in China and beyond seize opportunities in the global market. Last October, FedEx partnered with Neolix to test an autonomous delivery vehicle in China. The company is also testing FedEx SameDay Bot®, Roxo™ in AMEA to explore the future of contactless last mile delivery. In addition, FedEx has also launched a sensor-based logistics device – SenseAwareID, designed to improve tracking accuracy, reliability and rapid delivery of critical shipments such as life-saving pharmaceuticals and emergency medical supplies.
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is one of the world’s largest express shipping companies, providing fast, reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air and ground network to expedite the delivery of urgent shipments at a specific time and date.
Dorabot, founded in 2015, provides automated intelligent warehousing solutions with strong technical strength, using computer vision, motion planning, planning and reasoning, autonomous navigation, multi-machine collaboration, learning automatic and other technologies. The company provides customers in logistics and warehousing, retail and e-commerce, seaports and airports, smart manufacturing and other industries with end-to-end solutions using a combination of hardware and software, including part feeding, sorting, conveying, depalletizing, and accessing, loading and unloading. It helps customers manage labor shortage issues, reduce operating costs, improve operational efficiency, and improve the level of digitalization and intelligence. Dorabot adheres to the strategy of talent diversification and market internationalization. It has established R&D and operation centers in Shenzhen, Canton, hong kong, Shunde, Hangzhou, Brisbane, Atlanta, Singapore and Tokyo. Dorabot was named a Global “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in 2019 and a “Carbon Neutral Technology Pioneer” in 2021. For more information, please visit www.dorabot.com.
SOURCE Dorabot Inc.