November 8th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Kiva: 'What if the inventory could actually walk and talk'

Check out this CNNMoney video on little orange robots at Kiva Systems that move shelves, "setting the inventory free."

The goal is to help the company ship orders more quickly.

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  1. Frank

    Actually the picker jobs do not go away, the bins come to the pickers and the automation makes the process more accurate resulting in fewer returns and higher customer satisfaction. Possible the job numbers working the returns would go down.
    The job satisfaction usually safety increase in this sort of environment.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  2. Rod C. Venger

    Just think about how many jobs those robots are taking up. But wait, OWS doesn't actually want jobs that require work. They want everything to be handed to them.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Reply
  3. TonyH

    So – this technology has been used for decades, I worked for a major corp that had robotic movement and delivery of products in the 80s, as well as robotic delivery of mail to our offices in the same time frame.

    Kiva didnt invent a thing, and by pretending to do so they are proving that they are liars.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      Liars is pretty tough language. TV was broadcast in the late 30s, Radar in the same decade, that does not mean the people who improve on the technology are liars. Yes there are many automated inventory systems. This system is great no, fantastic. I wonder if you even watched the videos or understand the technology.
      IT Consultant retired after 40+ years in the industry.

      November 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  4. Frank

    I have watched with a some amazement at the videos. The systems has been around for a few years now, I wonder how many have actually been installed. Really the wave of the future.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply

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