Competition in the e-commerce segment is not going to weaken, so Amazon is not going to rest on its laurels, but is ready to invest in promising developments that will optimize the online commerce process at all stages, from ordering to delivery.
Amazon representatives were announcedthat the Internet giant has established the Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund, whose funds will be used to support young companies developing technologies in the field of business process optimization in logistics, robotics and industrial safety. The venture capital fund will use $1 billion of funds not only to acquire interesting young companies, but also to support their independent development.
The first round of investments will affect the interests of four American companies and one Israeli. They are either developing robotic solutions that Amazon could use to automate the process of sorting goods in the warehouse and processing orders, or they are offering wearable devices that prevent injuries and accidents at work. Each employee of the warehouse will be under the vigilant control of such a complex, and potentially dangerous maneuvers and movements will be prevented by automatic notifications. Until people can be completely replaced by robots from the field of logistics, they will have to learn how to safely coexist in the same work areas, and this is not so easy, given the unpredictability of human behavior.
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